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noun, Chemistry.
a white, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous acid, H 2 C 2 O 4 ⋅2H 2 O, first discovered in the juice of the wood sorrel species of oxalis and obtained by reacting carbon monoxide with sodium hydroxide or certain carbohydrates with acids or alkalis: used chiefly for bleaching, as a cleanser, and as a laboratory reagent.
a colourless poisonous crystalline dicarboxylic acid found in many plants: used as a bleach and a cleansing agent for metals. Formula: (COOH)2 Systematic name ethanedioic acid

oxalic acid ox·al·ic acid (ŏk-sāl’ĭk)
A poisonous crystalline organic acid found in many plants and used as an agent in chemical reduction.
oxalic acid
A poisonous, crystalline acid found in a number of plants such as sorrel and the leaf blades of rhubarb. It is used for many industrial purposes, including rust removal and bleaching. Chemical formula: C2H2O4.


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  • Oxalis

    [ok-suh-lis, ok-sal-is] /ˈɒk sə lɪs, ɒkˈsæl ɪs/ noun 1. any plant of the genus Oxalis, comprising the wood sorrels. /ˈɒksəlɪs; ɒkˈsælɪs/ noun 1. any plant of the genus Oxalis, having clover-like leaves which contain oxalic acid and white, pink, red, or yellow flowers: family Oxalidaceae See also wood sorrel

  • Oxalosis

    oxalosis ox·a·lo·sis (ŏk’sə-lō’sĭs) n. The widespread deposition of calcium oxalate crystals in the kidneys, bones, arterial media, and myocardium, with increased urinary excretion of oxalate.

  • Oxalosuccinic-acid

    [ok-suh-loh-suh k-sin-ik, ok-, ok-sal-oh-, -sal-] /ˈɒk sə loʊ səkˈsɪn ɪk, ˌɒk-, ɒkˈsæl oʊ-, -ˌsæl-/ noun, Biochemistry. 1. an organic acid, C 6 H 6 O 7 , that is an intermediate formed by the dehydrogenation of isocitric acid in fat and carbohydrate metabolism. oxalosuccinic acid ox·a·lo·suc·cin·ic acid (ŏk’sə-lō-sək-sĭn’ĭk, ŏk-sāl’ō-) n. A product of the dehydrogenation […]

  • Oxaluria

    oxaluria ox·a·lu·ri·a (ŏk’sə-lur’ē-ə, -səl-yur’-) n. The excretion of an excess of oxalic acid or oxalates, especially calcium oxalate, in the urine.

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