mandelic acid

[ man-del-ik, -dee-lik ]
/ mænˈdɛl ɪk, -ˈdi lɪk /

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.

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. 2020

Medical definitions for amygdalic acid

mandelic acid
[ măn-dĕlĭk ]


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