a white, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous acid, H2C2O4⋅2H2O, first discovered in the juice of the wood sorrel species of oxalis and obtained by reacting carbon monoxide with sodium hydroxide or certain carbohydrates with acids or alkalis: used chiefly for bleaching, as a cleanser, and as a laboratory reagent.
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Origin of oxalic acid
First recorded in 1785–95
Words nearby oxalic acid
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British Dictionary definitions for oxalic acid
/ (ɒkˈsælɪk) /
a colourless poisonous crystalline dicarboxylic acid found in many plants: used as a bleach and a cleansing agent for metals. Formula: (COOH) 2Systematic name: ethanedioic acid
Word Origin for oxalic acid
C18: from French oxalique, from Latin oxalis garden sorrel; see oxalis
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Medical definitions for oxalic acid
[ ŏk-săl′ĭk ]
A poisonous crystalline organic acid found in many plants and used as an agent in chemical reduction.
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Scientific definitions for oxalic acid
[ ŏk-săl′ĭk ]
A poisonous, crystalline acid found in a number of plants such as sorrel and the leaf blades of rhubarb. It is used for many industrial purposes, including rust removal and bleaching. Chemical formula: C2H2O4.
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