maleic anhydride

noun

Definition of maleic anhydride

: a caustic crystalline cyclic anhydride C4H2O3 used especially in making resins

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Recent Examples on the Web Water caused increased pressure and temperature in the tank, and a pressure-relief valve lifted, releasing 1,800 pounds of maleic anhydride vapors into the air. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, 3 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of maleic anhydride

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Maleic anhydride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maleic%20anhydride. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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