tetronic acid

noun
te·​tron·​ic acid | \ te‧ˈtränik- \

Definition of tetronic acid

: a crystalline enolic lactone C4H4O3 that has acidic properties and is the parent compound of acidic compounds obtained by the fermenting action of a mold (Penicillium charlesii) from spoiled corn

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History and Etymology for tetronic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary tetron- (from tetra- + connective -on-) + -ic

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“Tetronic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetronic%20acid. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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