naphthaleneacetic acid


naph·​tha·​lene·​acetic acid
: either of two crystalline naphthyl derivatives C10H7CH2COOH of acetic acid
especially : the alpha or 1-compound used as a growth regulator for plants (as for preventing drop of apples before normal harvest time)

Word History


naphthalene + acetic

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“Naphthaleneacetic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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