maleic acid


ma·le·ic acid

noun \mə-ˈlē-ik-, -ˈlā-\

Definition of MALEIC ACID

:  a crystalline dicarboxylic acid C4H4O4 that is isomeric with fumaric acid and is used especially in organic synthesis

Origin of MALEIC ACID

French acide maléique, alteration of acide malique malic acid; from its formation by dehydration of malic acid
First Known Use: 1857

ma·le·ic acid

noun \mə-ˌlē-ik-, -ˌlā-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MALEIC ACID

: a crystalline dicarboxylic acid C4H4O4 that is isomeric with fumaric acid and is used especially in organic synthesis

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