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carboxylic acid

carboxylic acid Member of a class of organic chemical compounds containing the group COOH. The commonest example is ethanoic acid (acetic acid, CH3COOH), which is present in vinegar. These acids are weakly acidic, forming salts with bases and esters with alcohols. Esters of high-molecular weight, carboxylic acids, such as stearic, lauric and oleic acids, are present in animal and vegetable fats; for this reason carboxylic acids are often called fatty acids.

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carboxylic acids

carboxylic acids Organic compounds containing the group –CO.OH (the carboxyl group; i.e. a carbonyl group attached to a hydroxyl group). Many long-chain carboxylic acids occur naturally as esters in fats and oils and are therefore also known as fatty acids. See also glyceride.

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carboxylic acid

carboxylic acid: see carboxyl group.

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