coccinic acid

coc·​cin·​ic acid | \ (ˈ)käk¦sinik- \

Definition of coccinic acid

: any of three isomeric crystalline diacids C6H2(OH)(CH3)(COOH)2 distinguished as alpha, beta, and gamma with the alpha acid being obtained by oxidizing cochineal

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History and Etymology for coccinic acid

French coccinique, from coccine carmine (from Latin coccinus scarlet, from Greek kokkinos, from kokkos grain, seed) + -ique -ic

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