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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Glycolic  \Gly*col"ic\,  a.  (Chem.) 
  Pertaining  to  or  derived  from  glycol;  as  glycolic  ether; 
  glycolic  acid. 
  {Glycolic  acid}  (Chem.),  an  organic  acid,  found  naturally  in 
  unripe  grapes  and  in  the  leaves  of  the  wild  grape 
  ({Ampelopsis  quinquefolia}),  and  produced  artificially  in 
  many  ways,  as  by  the  oxidation  of  glycol,  --  whence  its 
  name  It  is  a  sirupy,  or  white  crystalline,  substance, 
  {HO.CH2.CO2H},  has  the  properties  both  of  an  alcohol  and 
  an  acid,  and  is  a  type  of  the  hydroxy  acids;  --  called 
  also  {hydroxyacetic  acid}.