phenylacetic acid

noun Chemistry.

a white crystalline, aromatic acid, C8H8O2, used in the manufacture of penicillin and in perfumes.

Origin of phenylacetic acid

First recorded in 1875–80; phenyl + acetic acid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

phenylacetic acid in Medicine

phenylacetic acid

[fĕn′əl-ə-sētĭk, fē′nəl-]


An abnormal product of phenylalanine catabolism that appears in the urine in phenylketonuria.
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