from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless syrupy acid, C3H6O4, obtained from oxidation of glycerol.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A colourless syrupy organic compound, CH2OH.CHOH.COOH, formed by the oxidation of glycerol or glyceraldehyde.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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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