Definition of carboxylic acid in English:

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carboxylic acid

Pronunciation: /ˌkärbäkˌsilik ˈasid/

noun

Chemistry
An organic acid containing a carboxyl group. The simplest examples are methanoic (or formic) acid and ethanoic (or acetic) acid.
Example sentences
  • Formic acid belongs to the family of carboxylic acids and has the chemical formula HCOOH or HCO 2 H.
  • A special form of carboxylic acids are the amino acids, which are carboxylic acids that also have a nitrogen-containing group called an amine group in the molecule.
  • Previously, researchers had found inside meteorites other organic, carbon-based compounds that play major roles in life on Earth, such as amino acids and carboxylic acids, but no sugars.

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Syllabification: car·box·yl·ic ac·id

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