beta hydroxy acid

noun
variants: also beta hydroxy

Medical Definition of beta hydroxy acid 

: any of various carboxylic acids with a hydroxyl group attached at the beta position specifically : salicylic acid A better fix is to exfoliate with a high-concentration beta hydroxy acid product designed for warts. — Paula Begoun, The Houston Chronicle, 21 Oct. 1999 abbreviation BHA

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