nordihydroguaiaretic acid

nor·​di·​hy·​dro·​guai·​a·​ret·​ic acid | \ ¦nȯ(r)ˌdī¦hīdrō¦g(w)īə¦retik- \

Definition of nordihydroguaiaretic acid

: a crystalline derivative [(HO)2C6H3CH2CH(CH3)−]2 of pyrocatechol obtained especially from the creosote bush or made synthetically and used in trace amounts as an antioxidant to prevent rancidity of lard and other fats or oils abbreviation NDGA

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History and Etymology for nordihydroguaiaretic acid

nordihydroguaiaretic from nor- + dihydr- + guaiaretic (in guaiaretic acid C20H24O4) (International Scientific Vocabulary guaia- —from New Latin Guaiacum —+ ret- —from Greek rhētinē resin—+ -ic)

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“Nordihydroguaiaretic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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