levulinic acid

levulinic acid

[lev-yuh-lin-ik, lev-]
noun Chemistry.
a white or colorless, water-soluble solid, C 5 H 8 O 3 , produced by the hydrolysis of cane sugar, starch, or cellulose; used chiefly in the organic synthesis of nylon, plastics, and pharmaceuticals.

Origin:
levul(ose) + -in2 + -ic

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