trichloroacetic acid

noun
tri·​chlo·​ro·​ace·​tic acid | \ˌtrī-ˌklȯr-ō-ə-ˈsē-tik- \
variants: or less commonly trichloracetic acid \ˌtrī-​ˌklȯr-​ə-​ˈsē-​tik-​ \

Definition of trichloroacetic acid 

: a strong vesicant pungent acid C2Cl3HO2 used in weed control and in medicine as a caustic and astringent

First Known Use of trichloroacetic acid

1885, in the meaning defined above

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trichloroacetic acid

noun
tri·​chlo·​ro·​ace·​tic acid | \ˌtrī-ˌklōr-ō-ə-ˌsēt-ik-, -ˌklȯr- \
variants: also trichloracetic acid \-​ˌklōr-​ə-​ˌsēt-​ik-​ \

Medical Definition of trichloroacetic acid 

: a strong vesicant pungent acid C2Cl3HO2 made usually by chlorinating acetic acid or by oxidizing chloral and used in medicine as a caustic and astringent — compare monochloroacetic acid

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