Definition of oxalic acid in English:

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oxalic acid

Pronunciation: /ɒkˈsalɪk/

noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
A poisonous crystalline acid with a sour taste, present in rhubarb leaves, wood sorrel, and other plants.
  • Alternative name: ethanedioic acid; chemical formula: (COOH)2.
Example sentences
  • When it does so, however, it leads to the formation of highly toxic products - formic acid and oxalic acid, respectively.
  • Mix the ferric ammonium citrate and oxalic acid well, then add the silver nitrate.
  • It is an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamins C, E and K, calcium, potassium, iron, sodium, sulphur, folic acid and oxalic acid.

Origin

Late 18th century: oxalic from French oxalique, via Latin from Greek oxalis 'wood sorrel'.

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