citric acid

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cit·ric acid

noun \ˈsi-trik-\

: an acid that occurs naturally in the juices of oranges, lemons, limes, etc., and that can also be made from sugar

Full Definition of CITRIC ACID

:  a tricarboxylic acid C6H8O7 occurring in cellular metabolism, obtained especially from lemon and lime juices or by fermentation of sugars, and used chiefly as a flavoring

Origin of CITRIC ACID

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1813

cit·ric acid

noun \ˌsi-trik-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CITRIC ACID

: a sour organic acid C6H8O7 occurring in cellular metabolism, obtained especially from lemon and lime juices or by fermentation of sugars, and used as a flavoring

citric acid

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Colourless, crystalline organic compound (CHO), one of the carboxylic acids. It is present in almost all plants (especially citrus fruits) and in many animal tissues and fluids. It is one of a series of compounds involved in the physiological oxidation (see oxidation-reduction) of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to carbon dioxide and water (see tricarboxylic acid cycle). It has a characteristic sharply sour taste and is used in many foods, confections, and soft drinks. It is added to certain foods to improve their stability in metal containers. Industrially, it is used as a water conditioner, cleaning and polishing agent, and chemical intermediate.

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