trichloroacetic acid

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

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trichloroacetic acid

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