Skip to Content
Medical Term:

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

© Copyright 2016 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.