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glycolic acid Syllabification: gly·col·ic ac·id
Pronunciation: /ɡlīˌkälik ˈasid/

Definition of glycolic acid in English:


A colorless, translucent, crystalline compound, C2H4O3, that occurs in cane sugar, unripe grapes, and sugar beets and has numerous industrial uses, especially in dyeing leather and textiles and in the manufacture of pesticides.
Example sentences
  • In its natural state, glycolic acid is found in sugar cane juice.
  • His talk, although I wasn't totally paying attention the whole time (I was reading about a method of applying salicylic and glycolic acids that I didn't know about before), was interesting, thought-provoking and dead on.
  • If the pits are superficial local agents like glycolic acids may help.
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