pyrotartaric acid

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Definition of pyrotartaric 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

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History and Etymology for pyrotartaric acid

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

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“Pyrotartaric acid.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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