citric acid

noun
cit·​ric acid | \ ˈsi-trik- How to pronounce citric acid (audio) \

Definition of citric acid

: a tricarboxylic acid C6H8O7 occurring in cellular metabolism, obtained especially from lemon and lime juices or by fermentation of sugars, and used chiefly as a flavoring

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Well, put simply, while lemons contain citric acid, which can aid in killing off acne-causing bacteria, they're also considered one of the most common irritating ingredients by dermatologists. Kaleigh Fasanella, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Shared How She Treats Acne Scars," 29 Aug. 2019 Well, put simply, while lemons contain citric acid, which can aid in killing off acne-causing bacteria, they're also considered one of the most common irritating ingredients by dermatologists. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Bella Thorne’s Lemon Juice Acne-Scar Treatment May Be Natural, But It’s Also Very Bad for Your Skin," 28 Aug. 2019 Product directions instruct consumers to mix the solution with citric acid – such as lemon or lime juice – or another acid before drinking. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Drinking bleach no cure for autism, HIV/AIDS, cancer, FDA warns," 13 Aug. 2019 Adding lemon or lime to your water is a great way to get the extra citric acid. Marcos Del Rosario-santiago, baltimoresun.com, "Doctors say summer is kidney-stone season. Here’s what you should know.," 11 July 2019 Adding lemon or lime to your water is a great way to get the extra citric acid. Marcos Del Rosario-santiago, chicagotribune.com, "Doctors say summer is kidney-stone season. Here’s what you should know.," 1 July 2019 There are networks of silver pipes overhead, shiny vats of citric acid and huge sacks of sweet whey, dials and switches and hoppers where hot-pink peppermint candy is crushed into bits. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The birth of cool: The story behind the ice-cream sandwich, an icon at 120," 30 July 2019 In 2017, Spindrift discontinued the soda line and removed all natural flavors and essences from the sparkling waters, leaving behind a short list of recognizable ingredients: carbonated water, fruit, other fruit, sometimes citric acid. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "How we stopped counting calories and learned to love Spindrift," 29 July 2019 Lactic and citric acids remove dead skin cells, while aloe soothes. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "What are the best skin care products for acne-prone skin? Look for these key ingredients," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of citric acid

1790, in the meaning defined above

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citric acid

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English Language Learners Definition of citric acid

: an acid that occurs naturally in the juices of oranges, lemons, limes, etc., and that can also be made from sugar

citric acid

noun
cit·​ric acid | \ ˌsi-trik- How to pronounce citric acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of citric acid

: a sour organic acid C6H8O7 occurring in cellular metabolism, obtained especially from lemon and lime juices or by fermentation of sugars, and used as a flavoring

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