succinic acid

suc·cin·ic acid | \(ˌ)sək-ˈsi-nik- \

Definition of succinic acid 

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

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

suc·cin·ic acid | \(ˌ)sək-ˌsin-ik- \

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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