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citric acid cit·ric acid (sĭt'rĭk)
A colorless translucent crystalline acid principally derived by fermentation of carbohydrates; an intermediate in metabolism.
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A white, odorless acid that has a sour taste and occurs widely in plants, especially in citrus fruit, and is formed during the Krebs cycle. It is used in medicine and as a flavoring. Ions of citric acid are a by-product of the metabolism of carbohydrates during the Krebs cycle.Chemical formula: C6H8O7.