American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A colorless syrupy acid, C3H6O4, obtained from oxidation of glycerol.
- n. A colourless syrupy organic compound, CH2OH.CHOH.COOH, formed by the oxidation of glycerol or glyceraldehyde.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Chem.) an organic acid, obtained by the partial oxidation of glycerin, as a thick liquid. It is a hydroxyl derivative of propionic acid, and has both acid and alcoholic properties.
- n. a syrupy acid obtained by oxidation of glycerol or glyceraldehyde
- glycer(in) + -ic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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