succinic acid

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

Definition of succinic acid

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

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Recent Examples on the Web So even if your baby’s temperature did somehow hit 400 degrees, the infinitesimal amount of succinic acid released would be too minuscule to provide an effect. Lindsey Hunter Lopez, New York Times, "The Trouble With Amber Teething Necklaces," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of succinic acid

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for succinic acid

French succinique, from Latin succinum amber

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“Succinic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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succinic acid

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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