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Meaning of mandelic acid

man•del'ic ac'id

Pronunciation: (man-del'ik, -dē'lik), [key]
— Chem. Chem.
  1. any of three stereoisomeric acids having the formula CHO, esp. dl-mandelic acid, a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid obtainable from amygdalin: used chiefly in medicine as an antiseptic. Also called
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