acrylic acid


Definition of acrylic acid

: an unsaturated liquid acid C3H4O2 that polymerizes readily to form useful products (such as constituents for varnishes and lacquers)

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Recent Examples on the Web Romanowski adds that these alcohols usually get thickened by some kind of acrylic polymer such as Carbomer (a group of polymers made from acrylic acid). Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "What to Know Before Making Your Own DIY Sanitizer," 15 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of acrylic acid

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of acrylic acid was in 1843

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“Acrylic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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Medical Definition of acrylic acid

: a synthetic unsaturated liquid acid C3H4O2 that polymerizes readily to form useful products (as water-soluble thickening agents)

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