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  • n. a carboxylic acid that also contains a hydroxy group

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • an organic acid, having (besides the hydroxyl group of the carboxyl radical) an alcoholic hydroxyl group, and thus having the qualities of an alcohol in addition to its acid properties; as, lactic and tartaric acids are hydroxy acids.

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

  • n. any acid that has hydroxyl groups in addition to the hydroxyl group in the acid itself


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