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oxalic acid

Pronunciation: ok-sal'ik as'id

Definition: An acid found in many plants and vegetables, particularly in buckwheat (family Polygoniaceae) and Oxalis (family Oxalidaceae); used as a hemostatic in veterinary medicine, but toxic in elevated levels when ingested by humans; also used in the removal of ink and other stains, and as a general reducing agent; salts of oxalic acid are found in renal calculi; accumulates in cases of primary hyperoxaluria.

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