nordihydroguaiaretic acid

noun 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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Origin and Etymology of 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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