Mon June 02, 2008 By:

what is a ketonic carboxylic acid and a hydroxy carboxylic acid ?

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Tue June 17, 2008

Keto acids are organic acids containing a ketone functional group and a carboxylic acid  group.

eg.Pyruvic acid (CH 3 COCO 2 H) is an alpha-keto acid

(α-)Hydroxy acids, or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), are a class of chemical compounds that consist of a carboxylic acid substituted with a hydroxy group(OH) on the adjacent carbon.

eg.Glycolic acid

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