glycolic acid

or glycollic acid


noun

a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C2H4O3, that is a major substrate for photorespiration in plants: used chiefly for textile printing and dyeing and in pesticides.

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Also called hydroxyacetic acid.

Origin of glycolic acid

First recorded in 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for glycolic acid

glycolic acid

noun

a colourless crystalline soluble hygroscopic compound found in sugar cane and sugar beet: used in tanning and in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, adhesives, and plasticizers; hydroxyacetic acid. Formula: CH 2 (OH)COOH
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Medical definitions for glycolic acid

glycolic acid
[ glī-kŏlĭk ]

n.

A colorless crystalline compound found in sugar beets, cane sugar, and unripe grapes that is used in pharmaceuticals and pesticides.
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Scientific definitions for glycolic acid

glycolic acid
[ glī-kŏlĭk ]

A colorless crystalline compound that occurs naturally in sugar beets and sugarcane. It is used in leather dyeing and tanning, and in making pharmaceuticals, pesticides, adhesives, and plasticizers. Chemical formula: C2H4O3.
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