itaconic acid

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it·​a·​con·​ic acid | \ ˌi-tə-ˈkä-nik- How to pronounce itaconic acid (audio) \

Definition of itaconic acid

: a crystalline dicarboxylic acid C5H6O4 obtained usually by fermentation of sugars with molds (genus Aspergillus) and used as a monomer for polymers and polyesters

First Known Use of itaconic acid

circa 1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for itaconic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary, anagram of aconitic acid, C3H3(COOH)3, from aconite

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The first known use of itaconic acid was circa 1872

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“Itaconic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/itaconic%20acid. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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itaconic acid

noun
it·​a·​con·​ic acid | \ ˌit-ə-ˌkän-ik- How to pronounce itaconic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of itaconic acid

: a crystalline dicarboxylic acid C5H6O4 obtained usually by fermentation of sugars with molds of the genus Aspergillus

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