citraconic acid

noun
cit·​ra·​con·​ic acid | \ ¦si‧trə¦känik- \

Definition of citraconic acid

: a white crystalline deliquescent dicarboxylic acid CH3C(COOH)=CHCOOH obtained by distillation of citric acid; methyl-maleic acid

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First Known Use of citraconic acid

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for citraconic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary citr- + aconic; probably originally formed as French citraconique

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“Citraconic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citraconic%20acid. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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