benzilic acid

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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“Benzilic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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