retinoic acid

noun
ret·​i·​no·​ic acid | \ ˌre-tə-ˈnō-ik- How to pronounce retinoic acid (audio) \

Definition of retinoic acid

: either of two isomers of an acid C20H28O2 derived from vitamin A and used in the treatment of acne:
a : tretinoin

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Retinol that converts to retinoic acid is the gold standard. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, "3 Skincare Experts on Their Favorite Things," 23 Aug. 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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retinoic acid

noun
ret·​i·​no·​ic acid | \ ˌret-ᵊn-ˌō-ik- How to pronounce retinoic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of retinoic acid

: either of two isomers of an acid C20H28O2 derived from vitamin A and used especially in the treatment of acne:
a or all-trans-retinoic acid : tretinoin
b or 13-cis-retinoic acid : isotretinoin

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