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glycolic acid

noun gly·col·ic acid \(ˌ)glī-ˈkä-lik-\

Definition of glycolic acid

  1. :  an alpha hydroxy acid C2H4O3 found especially in unripe grapes and sugar beets and used especially in textile and leather processing and in skin-care treatments especially as an exfoliant



Variants of glycolic acid

or gly·col·lic acid play \(ˌ)glī-ˈkä-lik-\

Origin of glycolic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary glycol + 1-ic


First Known Use: 1852


Medical Dictionary

glycolic acid

noun gly·col·ic acid

Medical Definition of glycolic acid

  1. :  an alpha hydroxy acid C2H4O3 that is oxidized to glyoxylic acid in photosynthesis, is used as an agent to produce chemical peels in cutaneous rejuvenation treatments, and is the major toxic metabolite in ethylene glycol poisoning—called also hydroxyacetic acid



Variants of glycolic acid

also glycollic acid

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