a slightly water-soluble, poisonous compound, C5H8O2, derived from croton oil and occurring as a thick, syrupy liquid or in colorless crystals.
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Origin of tiglic acid
First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for tiglic acid
/ (ˈtɪɡlɪk) /
a syrupy liquid or crystalline colourless unsaturated carboxylic acid, with the trans- configuration, found in croton oil and used in perfumery; trans- 2-methyl-2-butenoic acid. Formula: CH 3 CH:C(CH 3)COOH
Word Origin for tiglic acid
C19 tiglic, from New Latin phrase Croton tiglium (name of the croton plant), of uncertain origin
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