maleic acid

noun
ma·​le·​ic acid | \ mə-ˈlē-ik- How to pronounce maleic acid (audio) , -ˈlā- \

Definition of maleic acid

: a crystalline dicarboxylic acid C4H4O4 that is isomeric with fumaric acid and is used especially in organic synthesis

First Known Use of maleic acid

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maleic acid

French acide maléique, alteration of acide malique malic acid; from its formation by dehydration of malic acid

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The first known use of maleic acid was in 1838

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“Maleic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maleic%20acid. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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maleic acid

noun
ma·​le·​ic acid | \ mə-ˌlē-ik- How to pronounce maleic acid (audio) , -ˌlā- How to pronounce maleic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of maleic acid

: a crystalline dicarboxylic acid C4H4O4 that is isomeric with fumaric acid and is used especially in organic synthesis

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