prehnitic acid


prehn·​it·​ic acid
: either of two isomeric acids derived from benzene:
: a crystalline acid C6H2(COOH)4 formed especially by oxidation of prehnitene; 1,2,3,4-benzene-tetracarboxylic acid

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary prehnite + -ic; probably from the resemblance of the crystals to the mammillae on prehnite

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near prehnitic acid

Cite this Entry

“Prehnitic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!