gallic acid

noun
gal·​lic acid | \ ˈga-lik- How to pronounce gallic acid (audio) , ˈgȯ-lik- How to pronounce gallic acid (audio) \

Definition of gallic acid

: a white crystalline acid C7H6O5 found widely in plants or combined in tannins and used especially in dyes and as a photographic developer

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Recent Examples on the Web How much gallic acid is there normally in a human colon? Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "Gut bacteria might flip the effects of a common cancer-causing mutation in an unexpected way," 20 Aug. 2020 When the team eliminated gut bacteria in mice, but then administered gallic acid on its own, the resulting tumor growth pattern looked as if the entire microbiome had been intact. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "Gut bacteria might flip the effects of a common cancer-causing mutation in an unexpected way," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of gallic acid

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gallic acid

borrowed from French (acide) gallique, from galle gall entry 3 + -ique -ic entry 1

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“Gallic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallic%20acid. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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gallic acid

noun
gal·​lic acid | \ ˌgal-ik- How to pronounce gallic acid (audio) , ˌgȯ-lik- How to pronounce gallic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of gallic acid

: a white crystalline acid C7H6O5 found widely in plants or combined in tannins and used especially in dyes and writing ink and as a photographic developer

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