glycolic acid

noun gly·col·ic acid \ (ˌ)glī-ˈkä-lik- \
variants: or glycollic acid
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of glycolic acid

:an alpha hydroxy acid C2H4O3 found especially in unripe grapes and sugar beets and used especially in textile and leather processing and in skin-care treatments especially as an exfoliant

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Origin and Etymology of glycolic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary glycol + 1-ic


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glycolic acid

noun
variants: also glycollic acid

medical Definition of glycolic acid

:an alpha hydroxy acid C2H4O3 that is oxidized to glyoxylic acid in photosynthesis, is used as an agent to produce chemical peels in cutaneous rejuvenation treatments, and is the major toxic metabolite in ethylene glycol poisoning called also hydroxyacetic acid

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