- a white crystalline, aromatic acid, C8H8O2, used in the manufacture of penicillin and in perfumes.
Origin of phenylacetic acid
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phenylacetic acid(fĕn′əl-ə-sē′tĭk, fē′nəl-)
- An abnormal product of phenylalanine catabolism that appears in the urine in phenylketonuria.
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