orsellinic acid

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

Definition of orsellinic acid

: 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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History and Etymology for orsellinic acid

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

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“Orsellinic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orsellinic%20acid. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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