Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

itaconic acid

play
noun it·a·con·ic acid \ˌi-tə-ˈkä-nik-\

Definition of itaconic acid

  1. :  a crystalline dicarboxylic acid C5H6O4 obtained usually by fermentation of sugars with molds (genus Aspergillus) and used as a monomer for polymers and polyesters



Origin of itaconic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary, anagram of aconitic acid, C3H3(COOH)3, from aconite


First Known Use: circa 1872


Medical Dictionary

itaconic acid

play
noun it·a·con·ic acid \ˌit-ə-ˌkän-ik-\

Medical Definition of itaconic acid

  1. :  a crystalline dicarboxylic acid C5H6O4 obtained usually by fermentation of sugars with molds of the genus Aspergillus




Learn More about itaconic acid

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "itaconic acid"


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up itaconic acid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet spindrift pince-nez kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ