malic acid mal·ic acid (māl'ĭk, mā'lĭk)
A colorless crystalline intermediate in the Krebs cycle that occurs naturally in a variety of unripe fruit and is used as a flavoring and in the aging of wine.
|malic acid (māl'ĭk, mā'lĭk) Pronunciation Key
A colorless, crystalline compound that occurs naturally in a wide variety of unripe fruits, including apples, cherries, and tomatoes, and is an intermediate product of the Krebs cycle. It is used as a flavoring and in the aging of wine. Also called malate. Chemical formula: C4H6O5.