hydroxy acid

  1. an organic acid containing both a carboxyl and a hydroxyl group.

  2. any of a class of organic acids containing a hydroxyl group and showing properties of both an alcohol and an acid.

Origin of hydroxy acid

First recorded in 1895–1900

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British Dictionary definitions for hydroxy acid

hydroxy acid

  1. any acid, such as sulphuric acid, containing hydroxyl groups in its molecules

  2. any of a class of carboxylic acids that contain both a hydroxyl group and a carboxyl group in their molecules

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