monochloroacetic acid

noun
mono·​chlo·​ro·​ace·​tic acid | \ -ˌklōr-ō-ə-ˌsēt-ik- How to pronounce monochloroacetic acid (audio) \
variants: also monochloracetic acid \ -​ˌklōr-​ə-​ˌsēt-​ik-​ How to pronounce monochloracetic acid (audio) \

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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“Monochloroacetic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/monochloroacetic%20acid. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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