maleic anhydride

noun

Definition of maleic anhydride

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

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 18 Jan. 2021.

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