mandelic acid

[man-del-ik, -dee-lik]

noun Chemistry.

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.

Nearby words

  1. mandel,
  2. mandela,
  3. mandela, nelson,
  4. mandela, nelson rolihlahla,
  5. mandelbrot set,
  6. mandelstam,
  7. mandelstam, osip emilyevich,
  8. mandeville,
  9. mandeville, bernard,
  10. mandeville, sir john

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. 2019

Medicine definitions for amygdalic acid

mandelic acid



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

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