chlorogenic acid

[klawr-uh-jen-ik, klohr-, klawr-, klohr-]
noun Biochemistry.
a colorless crystalline acid, C 16 H 18 O 9 , that is important in plant metabolism and is purportedly responsible for the browning or blackening of cut apples, potatoes, and other fruits and vegetables.

1885–90; chloro-1 + -genic; so named because in an ammonia solution it turns green when exposed to air Unabridged
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