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terephthalic acid

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

Definition of terephthalic acid

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



Origin of terephthalic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary terebene, mixture of terpenes from distilled turpentine + phthalic acid


First Known Use: 1857


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