mandelic acid

[man-del-ik, -dee-lik]
noun Chemistry.
  1. any of three stereoisomeric acids having the formula C8H8O3, especially dl-mandelic acid, a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid obtainable from amygdalin: used chiefly in medicine as an antiseptic.

Origin of mandelic acid

1835–45; < German Mandel almond + -ic
Also called amygdalic acid. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

amygdalic acid in Medicine

mandelic acid

  1. An acid that has both antibacterial and bacteriostatic properties, used in treating urinary tract infections.
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