monochloroacetic acid

noun
mono·​chlo·​ro·​ace·​tic acid | \-ˌklōr-ō-ə-ˌsēt-ik- \
variants: also monochloracetic acid \-​ˌklōr-​ə-​ˌsēt-​ik-​ \

Medical Definition of monochloroacetic acid 

: a crystalline acid C2H3ClO2 obtained by direct chlorination of acetic acid and used in organic synthesis (as of dyes, coumarin, pharmaceuticals, weed killers, insecticides, and cosmetics)

called also chloroacetic acid

— compare trichloroacetic acid

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