mandelic acid


man·​del·​ic acid man-ˌdel-ik- How to pronounce mandelic acid (audio)
: an optically active crystalline hydroxy acid C8H8O3 that is obtainable in the levorotatory D-form from amygdalin by hydrolysis but is usually made in the racemic form by reaction of benzaldehyde with hydrocyanic acid and then hydrochloric acid and that is used chiefly in the form of its salts as a bacteriostatic agent for genitourinary tract infections

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“Mandelic acid.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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