orsellinic acid

noun or·sel·lin·ic acid \¦ȯ(r)sə¦linik-\

Definition of orsellinic acid

  1. :  a crystalline acid C6H2(OH)2(CH3)COOH found chiefly in combination in certain lichens; 4,6-dihydroxy-ortho-toluic acid —called also ortho-orsellinic acid — compare lecanoric acid

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Origin and Etymology of orsellinic acid

orsellinic International Scientific Vocabulary orsellin- (from orselle + -in, chemical suffix) + -ic

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