Definition of xanthic acid in English:

xanthic acid


  • An organic acid containing the group —OCS₂H, examples of which are typically reactive solids.

    • ‘Salts and esters of xanthic acid are xanthates.’
    • ‘Studies of the electrochemical desorption of the xanthate layer supported the fact that xanthic acids spontaneously form a self-assembled monolayer on the electrode.’
    • ‘Xanthate anions and protonated xanthic acid contain a free thiol moiety and are highly reductive.’
    • ‘However, since the collector film is unstable in air, the adsorption of xanthic acid appears to be more logical.’


Early 19th century: xanthic from Greek xanthos ‘yellow’ + -ic.


xanthic acid