retinoic acid

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

Examples of retinoic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers like Wolgemuth and Sanny Chung, an associate research scientist in the Wolgemuth Lab, are looking for a drug that would prevent the body from using retinoic acid, a critical compound from vitamin A that’s necessary for sperm production. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 Like retinol, this compound is a naturally occurring retinoid that the body converts to retinoic acid. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 27 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, Clinique's Smart Clinical Repair Wrinkle Correcting Serum contains a milder form of retinoic acid, which is typically tolerable, even for sensitive skin. Fiona Embleton, Allure, 21 Sep. 2021 Retinol is a gentler version of prescription-strength retinoids, which both use retinoic acid to help stimulate collagen production (for firmer-looking skin) and cellular turnover (to help resurface). Emily Orofino, Good Housekeeping, 23 June 2021 But the only form of vitamin A that your body can recognize is the prescription-strength retinoic acid. Emily Orofino, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Aug. 2021 The only difference is that your body must convert retinol to retinoic acid, while retinoids are already in that active, ultra-potent state. Emily Orofino, Good Housekeeping, 23 June 2021 Also known as tretinoin, retinoic acid is the most bioavailable retinoid. Marci Robin, Allure, 19 May 2021 The powerhouse ingredient is derived from vitamin A and turned into retinoic acid that helps combat everything from unwanted acne to dark spots and wrinkles. Stephanie Perry, Southern Living, 23 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of retinoic acid

1960, in the meaning defined above

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retinoic acid

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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