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malic acid

noun

Definition of malic acid

  1. :  a crystalline dicarboxylic acid C4H6O5; especially :  the levorotatory isomer of malic acid that is found in various fruits (as apples) and is formed as an intermediate in the Krebs cycle



Origin of malic acid

French acide malique, ultimately from Latin malum apple, from Greek mēlon, malon


First Known Use: 1790


Medical Dictionary

malic acid

noun

Medical Definition of malic acid

  1. :  any of three optical isomers of a crystalline dicarboxylic acid C4H6O5; especially :  the one found in various plant juices and formed as an intermediate in the Krebs cycle




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