carboxylic acid

noun

Definition of carboxylic acid

: an organic acid (such as acetic acid) containing one or more carboxyl groups

Examples of carboxylic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The startup patented a way to make protonated nicotine with any of a number of carboxylic acids. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "There’s a simple way to curb youth vaping, and it isn’t a flavor ban," 11 Oct. 2019 They’re most often seen in the form of triglycerides, which are three fatty acid molecules stacked on top of each other and bonded at the carboxylic acid ends. A.a. Newton, SELF, "Do You Really Need to Put Fatty Acids on Your Face?," 28 Aug. 2019 What exactly are fatty acids? Fatty acids are long strings of hydrocarbons with a carboxylic acid functional group on one end. A.a. Newton, SELF, "Do You Really Need to Put Fatty Acids on Your Face?," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of carboxylic acid

1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Carboxylic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carboxylic%20acid. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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carboxylic acid

noun

Medical Definition of carboxylic acid

: an organic acid (as an acetic acid) containing one or more carboxyl groups

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