terephthalic acid[ter′ef t̸hal′ik-]
a white crystalline powder, CH(COOH), produced by the oxidation of certain xylene hydrocarbons and used in making plastics, polyester fiber, etc.
Origin of terephthalic acidtere(bene) + phthalic acid
- (organic chemistry) An aromatic dicarboxylic acid, benzene-1,4-dicarboxylic acid, used in the manufacture of polyesters
- phthalic acid
Blend of terebic and phthalic acid