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mycolic acids

Pronunciation: mi-kol'ik as'idz

Definition: Long-chain cyclopropanecarboxylic acids (C19–C21), further substituted by long-chain (C24–C30) alkanes containing free hydroxyl groups, found in certain bacteria; these waxy substances appear to be responsible for the acid-fastness of the bacteria that contain them.

Synonym(s): mykol

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