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trichloroacetic acid

[ trahy-klawr-oh-uh-see-tik, -set-ik, -klohr-, -klawr-, -klohr- ]
/ traɪˈklɔr oʊ əˈsi tɪk, -ˈsɛt ɪk, -ˈkloʊr-, -ˌklɔr-, -ˌkloʊr- /
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noun Chemistry.
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
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Origin of trichloroacetic acid

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
a corrosive deliquescent crystalline acid with a characteristic odour, used as a veterinary astringent and antiseptic. Formula: CCl 3 COOH
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Medical definitions for trichloroacetic acid

trichloroacetic acid
[ trī-klôr′ō-ə-sētĭk ]

n.
A colorless, deliquescent, corrosive, crystalline compound used topically as an astringent and antiseptic.
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Scientific definitions for trichloroacetic acid

trichloroacetic acid
[ trī-klôr′ō-ə-sētĭk ]

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