A poisonous crystalline acid with a sour taste, present in rhubarb leaves, wood sorrel, and other plants. Its uses include bleaching and cleansing.
- Alternative name: ethanedioic acid; chemical formula: (COOH)2
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- 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.
late 18th century: oxalic from French oxalique, via Latin from Greek oxalis 'wood sorrel'.
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- Decreased total urinary oxalate has been noted following boron supplementation, leading some researchers to suggest a potential role in control of urolithiasis.
- The bacteria break down and lower high levels of oxalate, a byproduct of digestion that is the major cause of kidney stones.
- Too much oxalate can be life threatening because its calcium salt is poorly soluble and readily crystallizes out in the kidney and urinary tract, causing blockages and organ failure.
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