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glycolic acid

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

Definition of GLYCOLIC ACID

:  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

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

Origin of GLYCOLIC ACID

International Scientific Vocabulary glycol + 1-ic
First Known Use: 1852

glycolic acid

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GLYCOLIC ACID

:  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

glycolic acid also glycollic acid

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