gluconic acid

noun
glu·​con·​ic acid | \ (ˌ)glü-ˈkä-nik- How to pronounce gluconic acid (audio) \

Definition of gluconic acid

: a crystalline acid C6H12O7 obtained by oxidation of glucose

Examples of gluconic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another enzyme goes to work — glucose oxidase — which converts some of the glucose into gluconic acid that will help preserve the honey. Berly Mccoy, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Oct. 2021 Instead of gluconolactone, for example, the ingredient may be listed as gluconic acid, zinc gluconate, or copper gluconate. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of gluconic acid

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gluconic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary, irregular from glucose + -ic

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“Gluconic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gluconic%20acid. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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gluconic acid

noun
glu·​con·​ic acid | \ (ˌ)glü-ˌkän-ik- How to pronounce gluconic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of gluconic acid

: a crystalline acid C6H12O7 obtained by oxidation of glucose and used chiefly in cleaning metals and as the source of its salts some of which are used medicinally — see gluconate

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