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terephthalic acid

noun tere·phthal·ic acid \ˌter-ə(f)-ˈtha-lik-\

Definition of TEREPHTHALIC ACID

:  a p-dicarboxylic acid C8H6O4 that is obtained especially by oxidation of xylene and is used chiefly in the synthesis of polyesters
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Origin of TEREPHTHALIC ACID

International Scientific Vocabulary terebene, mixture of terpenes from distilled turpentine + phthalic acid
First Known Use: 1857

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