thapsic acid

noun
thap·​sic acid | \ ˈthapsik- \

Definition of thapsic acid

: a crystalline dicarboxylic acid HOOC(CH2)14COOH found in the roots of the deadly carrot and the wax of a juniper (Juniperus sabina); hexadecane-dioic acid

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History and Etymology for thapsic acid

New Latin Thapsia (genus name of the deadly carrot Thapsia garganica) + English -ic

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“Thapsic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thapsic%20acid. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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