toluic acid

noun Chemistry.
any of four isomeric acids having the formula CH 3 C 6 H 4 COOH: derivatives of toluene.

Origin:
1870–75

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toluic acid (tɒˈluːɪk)
 
n
a white crystalline derivative of toluene existing in three isomeric forms; methylbenzoic acid. The ortho- and para- isomers are used in synthetic resins and the meta- isomer is used as an insect repellent. Formula: C6H4CH3COOH
 
[C19: from tolu(ene) + -ic]

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The study has been extended to other aromatic hydrocarbons such as toluene, p- toluic acid and ethyl benzene.
The p-xylene is oxidized by air to p-toluic acid, which is subsequently esterified to methyl p-toluate.
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