succinic acid

noun (1)
suc·​cin·​ic acid | \ (ˌ)sək-ˈsi-nik- How to pronounce succinic acid (audio) \

Definition of succinic acid

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a crystalline dicarboxylic acid C4H6O4 found widely in nature and active in energy-yielding metabolic reactions

succinic anhydride

noun (2)

Definition of succinic anhydride (Entry 2 of 3)

: a crystalline cyclic compound C2H4(CO)2O obtained by dehydration of succinic acid and used similarly as an intermediate

succinic oxidase

noun (3)

Definition of succinic oxidase (Entry 3 of 3)

: succinoxidase

First Known Use of succinic acid

Noun (1)

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for succinic acid

Noun (1)

French succinique, from Latin succinum amber

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succinic acid

noun
suc·​cin·​ic acid | \ (ˌ)sək-ˌsin-ik- How to pronounce succinic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of succinic acid

: a crystalline dicarboxylic acid C4H6O4 that is found widely in nature, that is formed in the Krebs cycle and in various fermentation processes, and that is used chiefly as an intermediate in synthesis (as of pharmaceuticals and synthetic resins)

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