shikimic acid

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shikimic acid (uncountable)

  1. (biochemistry) A naturally occurring organic compound, 3,4,5-Trihydroxy-1-cyclohexene-1-carboxylic Acid, extracted commercially from star anise; it is the base of very many natural products and is used in the production of the antiviral drug Tamiflu.

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