malonic acid

malonic acid

noun Chemistry.
a white, crystalline, water-soluble, dibasic acid, C 3 H 4 O 4 , easily decomposed by heat: used chiefly as an intermediate in the synthesis of barbiturates.

Origin:
1885–90

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malonic acid (məˈləʊnɪk, -ˈlɒn-)
 
n
another name for propanedioic acid
 
[C19: from French malonique, altered form of malique; see malic acid]

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malonic acid ma·lo·nic acid (mə-lō'nĭk, -lŏn'ik)
n.
A white crystalline dicarboxylic acid derived from malic acid and used in the manufacture of barbiturates.

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malonic acid   (mə-lō'nĭk, -lŏn'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
A white crystalline acid derived from malic acid and used in making barbiturates. Chemical formula: C3H4O4.
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malonic acid

(HO2CCH2CO2H), a dibasic organic acid whose diethyl ester is used in syntheses of vitamins B1 and B6, barbiturates, and numerous other valuable compounds.

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