benzilic acid

noun
ben·zil·ic acid | \(ˈ)ben-¦zi-lik\

Definition of benzilic acid 

: a white crystalline acid (C6H5)2C(OH)COOH obtained by warming benzil with alcohol and alkali; diphenyl-glycolic acid

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History and Etymology for benzilic acid

French benzilique, from benzil + -ique -ic

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