maleic-acid

maleic acid

[muh-lee-ik]
noun Chemistry.
a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble solid, C 4 H 4 O 4 , isomeric with fumaric acid, having an astringent, repulsive taste and faint acidulous odor: used in the manufacture of synthetic resins, the dyeing and finishing of textiles, and as a preservative for fats and oils.

Origin:
1870–75; < French maléique, alteration of malique malic

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maleic acid (məˈleɪɪk)
 
n
Systematic name: cis-butanedioic acid a colourless soluble crystalline substance used to synthesize other compounds. Formula: HOOCCH:CHCOOH
 
[C19: from French maléique, altered form of malique; see malic acid]

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maleic acid ma·le·ic acid (mə-lē'ĭk)
n.
A colorless crystalline dibasic acid that is an isomer of fumaric acid and is used as an oil and fat preservative.

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maleic acid   (mə-lē'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
A colorless crystalline acid used in textile processing and as an oil and fat preservative. Maleic acid is a geometric isomer of fumaric acid, having two carboxyl groups (COOH) on the same side of an ethylene chain. Chemical formula: C4H4O4.
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