truxillic acid

noun
tru·​xi·​llic acid | \(ˈ)trü¦hē(y)ik-, -hilik-;¦trək¦silik-\

Definition of truxillic acid 

1 : any of several crystalline stereoisomeric cyclic dicarboxylic acids (C6H5)2C4H4(COOH)2 that yield cinnamic acid on distillation; 2,4-diphenyl-cyclobutane-1,3-dicarboxylic acid: such as

a : an acid obtained from alpha-truxilline by hydrolysis or from cinnamic acid by irradiation

called also alpha-truxillic acid

b : an acid obtained from alpha-truxillic acid by heating with acetic anhydride and sodium acetate and convertible again into the alpha isomer by stronger heating

called also gamma-truxillic acid

c : an acid obtained from the potassium salt of alpha-truxillic acid by fusion with potassium hydroxide

called also epsilon-truxillic acid

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History and Etymology for truxillic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary truxilline + -ic

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