Definition of glycolic acid in US English:

glycolic acid


  • A colorless, translucent, crystalline compound, C₂H₄O₃, that occurs in cane sugar, unripe grapes, and sugar beets and has numerous industrial uses, especially in dyeing leather and textiles and in the manufacture of pesticides.

    • ‘If the pits are superficial local agents like glycolic acids may help.’
    • ‘In its natural state, glycolic acid is found in sugar cane juice.’
    • ‘His talk, although I wasn't totally paying attention the whole time (I was reading about a method of applying salicylic and glycolic acids that I didn't know about before), was interesting, thought-provoking and dead on.’
    • ‘That's because glycolic acid helps to slough off dulling dead cells, which can contribute to clogged pores, from the outermost layer of the skin.’
    • ‘Physical scrubs contain crushed particles of ingredients like cornmeal and nuts while chemical products use mild exfoliants like glucosamine and glycolic acid to get rid of dead skin cells.’


glycolic acid

/ɡlīˌkälik ˈasid/