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Medical Term:

thioglycolic acid

Pronunciation: thi'o-gli-kol'ik as'id


Used as a reagent for the detection of metals such as iron, molybdenum, silver, and tin; the ammonium and sodium salts are used in home permanents, the calcium salt as a depilatory.

Synonym(s): mercaptoacetic acid

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