trichloroacetic acid

[ trahy-klawr-oh-uh-see-tik, -set-ik, -klohr-, -klawr-, -klohr- ]

nounChemistry.
  1. a toxic, deliquescent, and colorless crystalline compound, C2HCl3O2, soluble in water, alcohol, and ether: used in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, herbicides, and other chemicals, and as a reagent for the detection of albumin. Abbreviation: TCA

Origin of trichloroacetic acid

1
First recorded in 1880–85; tri- + chloro-2 + acetic acid

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British Dictionary definitions for trichloroacetic acid

trichloroacetic acid

/ (traɪˌklɔːrəʊəˈsiːtɪk, -ˈsɛtɪk) /


noun
  1. a corrosive deliquescent crystalline acid with a characteristic odour, used as a veterinary astringent and antiseptic. Formula: CCl 3 COOH

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Scientific definitions for trichloroacetic acid

trichloroacetic acid

[ trī-klôr′ō-ə-sētĭk ]


  1. A colorless, deliquescent, corrosive, crystalline compound used as a herbicide and topically as an astringent and antiseptic. Chemical formula: C2Cl3O2H.

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