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tiglic acid

noun, Chemistry
a slightly water-soluble, poisonous compound, C 5 H 8 O 2 , derived from croton oil and occurring as a thick, syrupy liquid or in colorless crystals.
Origin of tiglic acid
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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tiglic acid

a syrupy liquid or crystalline colourless unsaturated carboxylic acid, with the trans-configuration, found in croton oil and used in perfumery; trans-2-methyl-2-butenoic acid. Formula: CH3CH:C(CH3)COOH
Word Origin
C19 tiglic, from New Latin phrase Croton tiglium (name of the croton plant), of uncertain origin
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