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[si-trik] /ˈsɪ trɪk/
adjective, Chemistry
of or derived from citric acid.
Origin of citric
1790-1800; citr(us) + -ic Unabridged
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  • While malty and firm on the palate, with vanilla notes from the wood, it exudes huge herbal and citric hop notes in the nose.
  • Some ingredients were benign, such as citric acid and instant coffee.
  • citric acid rots you teeth so another penny for anything with citric acid in it.
  • The formula uses citric acid and an enzyme derived from papaya fruit.
  • We use citric acid, which is a much more natural flavor.
  • Then she brushes on sucrose to test my sense of sweet, citric acid to test sour, and quinine to test bitter.
British Dictionary definitions for citric


of or derived from citrus fruits or citric acid
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Word Origin and History for citric

1800, from Modern Latin citricum (in acidum citricum "citric acid," discovered by Scheele in 1784; see citrus + -ic. The classical adjective was citreus.

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