oxalic acid

noun
ox·al·ic acid | \(ˌ)äk-ˈsa-lik- \

Definition of oxalic acid 

: a poisonous strong acid (COOH)2 or H2C2O4 that occurs in various plants (such as spinach) as oxalates and is used especially as a bleaching or cleaning agent and as a chemical intermediate

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Both sorrel and spinach also contain small, edible amounts of oxalic acid. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Are you a ’barbarian? Let rhubarb’s tart-sweet flavor shine in more than pie," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of oxalic acid

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oxalic acid

French (acide) oxalique, from Latin oxalis

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oxalato-

oxaldehyde

oxalic acid

Oxalidaceae

oxalis

oxaloacetate

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oxalic acid

noun
ox·al·ic acid | \(ˌ)äk-ˌsal-ik- \

Medical Definition of oxalic acid 

: a poisonous strong acid (COOH)2 or H2C2O4 that occurs in various plants as oxalates and is used especially as a bleaching or cleaning agent and as a chemical intermediate

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