citric acid

noun

cit·​ric acid ˈsi-trik- How to pronounce citric acid (audio)
: 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

Examples of citric acid in a Sentence

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First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of citric acid was in 1790

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“Citric acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citric%20acid. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

citric acid

noun
cit·​ric acid ˌsi-trik- How to pronounce citric acid (audio)
: a pleasantly sour-tasting organic acid obtained especially from lemon and lime juices or by the chemical breakdown of sugars and used as a flavoring

Medical Definition

citric acid

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