tartaric acid

noun
tar·tar·ic acid | \ (ˌ)tär-ˈter-ik- , (ˌ)tär-ˈta-rik- \

Definition of tartaric acid 

: a strong dicarboxylic acid C4H6O6 of plant origin that occurs in various isomeric forms, is usually obtained from tartar, and is used especially in food and medicines, in photography, in wine making, and in making salts and esters

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Blending grapes is a more natural, nuanced method of making up for deficiencies than, say, dumping in a bag of tartaric acid or powdered tannins. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Don’t Judge a Wine by the Grape on Its Label," 1 Feb. 2018 The jars, discovered in 2012, were dated to the fourth millennium, B.C. During analysis, researchers found that tartaric acid and its salt were present, which develops naturally during winemaking. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Discover Italy’s Oldest Wine in Sicilian Cave," 1 Sep. 2017

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1810, in the meaning defined above

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tartaric acid

noun
tar·tar·ic acid | \ (ˌ)tär-ˌtar-ik- \

Medical Definition of tartaric acid 

: a strong dicarboxylic acid C4H6O6 of plant origin that occurs in three optically isomeric crystalline forms especially : a dextrorotatory L-form of tartaric acid that is widely distributed in plants and especially in fruits (as grapes) both free and combined as salts and that is used chiefly in effervescent beverages and pharmaceutical preparations, in desserts and candies, in photography, in making salts and esters, and as a sequestering agent

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