quinic-acid

quinic acid

[kwin-ik]
noun Chemistry.
a white, crystalline, water-soluble, solid cyclic compound, C 7 H 1 2 O 6 , present in cinchona bark, coffee beans, and the leaves of many plants.


Origin:
1805–15; < Spanish quin(a) quinine + -ic

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quinic acid (ˈkwɪnɪk)
 
n
a white crystalline soluble optically active carboxylic acid, found in cinchona bark, bilberries, coffee beans, and the leaves of certain other plants; 1,3,4,5-tetrahydroxycyclohexanecarboxylic acid. Formula: C6H7(OH)4COOH

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