undecylenic acid

noun
un·​dec·​y·​le·​nic acid | \ ˌən-ˌde-sə-ˈle-nik- How to pronounce undecylenic acid (audio) , -ˈlē- How to pronounce undecylenic acid (audio) \

Definition of undecylenic acid

: a fatty acid C11H20O2 found in perspiration, obtained commercially from castor oil, and used especially in the treatment of fungal infections (such as ringworm) of the skin

First Known Use of undecylenic acid

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for undecylenic acid

undecylene (C11H22)

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The first known use of undecylenic acid was in 1879

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“Undecylenic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undecylenic%20acid. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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undecylenic acid

noun
un·​dec·​y·​le·​nic acid | \ ˌən-ˌdes-ə-ˌlen-ik- How to pronounce undecylenic acid (audio) , -ˌlēn- How to pronounce undecylenic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of undecylenic acid

: an acid C11H20O2 found in perspiration, obtained commercially from castor oil, and used in the treatment of fungus infections (as ringworm) of the skin

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