tartaric acid

noun
tar·​tar·​ic acid | \ (ˌ)tär-ˈter-ik- How to pronounce tartaric acid (audio) , (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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Recent Examples on the Web O’Keefe said people might have turned to cream of tartar as a home remedy for migraines because dihydroergotamine, a treatment for migraines, has tartaric acid in its structure. Donnelle Eller, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Cream of tartar may make you sick but won't cure migraines," 5 Sep. 2020 Chef Verner uses cachaça in a spritz type cocktail with chardonnay, club soda, tartaric acid, and optional eucalyptus smoke. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "What Is Cachaça? Get to Know the Spirit Behind Rio’s Caipirinhas," 20 Aug. 2020 And the sourness in tamarind comes primarily from tartaric acid, which is also used to produce cream of tartar, an ingredient in baking. Nik Sharma, New York Times, "The Simple Joys of Tamarind," 7 Aug. 2020 Further innovation came 10 years later, when baking powder, a mixture of a carbonate or bicarbonate and a weak acid (like tartaric acid, for instance), became available. Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "How to use summer’s bounty in quick breads that go sweet or savory," 16 July 2019 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- How to pronounce tartaric acid (audio) \

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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