phy'tic ac'id

Pronunciation: (fī'tik, fit'ik), [key] Chem.
a white to pale-yellow, water-soluble liquid, C6H18O24P6, found in cereal grains: used chiefly to chelate heavy metals during the manufacture of animal fats and vegetable oils and as a water-softening agent.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.


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