citraconic acid

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

Definition of citraconic acid

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

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Origin and Etymology of citraconic acid

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

First Known Use: 1840

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