Meaning of chloroacetic acid

chlo'roace'tic ac'id

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  1. a colorless, crystalline, deliquescent, water-soluble powder, CHClO, usually derived from acetic acid by chlorination: used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes and other organic compounds.
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