tetronic acid

noun te·tron·ic acid \te‧ˈtränik-\

Definition of tetronic acid

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of tetronic acid

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


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