citraconic acid


cit·​ra·​con·​ic acid
: a white crystalline deliquescent dicarboxylic acid CH3C(COOH)=CHCOOH obtained by distillation of citric acid; methyl-maleic acid

Word History


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

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of citraconic acid was in 1840

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“Citraconic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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