occurs naturally in the juice of the sugarcane, in unripe grapes and the leaves of the wild vine, and may be prepared in a number of ways, including the oxidation of glycol. It is a colourless, crystalline, deliquescent substance, which melts at 78 degrees C., and is soluble in water and alcohol. By the action of nitric acid it is converted into oxalic acid.

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