Glycolic Gly*col"ic, a. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, glycol; as, glycolic ether; glycolic acid. [1913 Webster]

{Glycolic acid} (Chem.), an organic acid, found naturally in unripe grapes and in the leaves of the wild grape ({Ampelopsis quinquefolia}), and produced artificially in many ways, as by the oxidation of glycol, -- whence its name. It is a sirupy, or white crystalline, substance, {HO.CH2.CO2H}, has the properties both of an alcohol and an acid, and is a type of the hydroxy acids; -- called also {hydroxyacetic acid}. [1913 Webster]

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