pyrotartaric acid


py·​ro·​tartaric acid
: a crystalline acid HOOCCH2CH(CH3)COOH obtained by pyrolysis of tartaric acid or pyruvic acid and occurring in dextro, levo, and racemic forms; methyl-succinic acid

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary pyr- + tartaric; originally formed as French pyrotartarique

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“Pyrotartaric acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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