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levulinic acid

[lev-yuh-lin-ik, lev-] /ˈlɛv yəˈlɪn ɪk, ˌlɛv-/
noun, Chemistry
1.
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.
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