from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or designating, an acid, CH3C6H3(CO2H)2, obtained as a white crystalline substance by the partial oxidation of mesitylene; -- called also mesitic acid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Noting an acid, 1-methylisophthalic acid, a colorless compound, prepared by the oxidation of mesitylene with nitric acid. It crystallizes in slender needles, melts at 287–288° C., and may be sublimed.


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