American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A colorless crystalline compound, C2H4O3, found in sugar beets, cane sugar, and unripe grapes that is used in leather dyeing and tanning and in pharmaceuticals, pesticides, adhesives, and plasticizers.
- n. chemistry the simplest alpha-hydroxy acid, hydroxy-acetic acid, found in sugar cane and unripe grapes; used in cosmetics etc
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Chem.) an organic acid, found naturally in unripe grapes and in the leaves of the wild grape (Ampelopsis quinquefolia), and produced artificially in many ways, as by the oxidation of
glycol, -- whence its name. It is a sirupy, or white crystalline, substance, HO.CH2.CO2H, has the properties both of an alcohol and an acid, and is a type of hydroxy acids; -- called also hydroxyacetic acid.
- n. a translucent crystalline compound found in sugar cane and sugar beets and unripe grapes
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