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sorbic acid

[sawr-bik] /ˈsɔr bɪk/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a white, crystalline compound, C 6 H 8 O 2 , slightly soluble in water, soluble in many organic solvents: used as a preservative in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; sorb1 + -ic
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sorbic acid

/ˈsɔːbɪk/
noun
1.
a white crystalline unsaturated carboxylic acid found in berries of the mountain ash and used to inhibit the growth of moulds and as an additive for certain synthetic coatings, as of cheese (E200); 2,4-hexadienoic acid. It exists as cis- and trans- isomers, the latter being the one usually obtained. Formula: CH3CH:CHCH:CHCOOH
Word Origin
C19: from sorb (the tree), from its discovery in the berries of the mountain ash
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sorbic acid in Medicine

sorbic acid sor·bic acid (sôr'bĭk)
n.
A white crystalline solid found in the berries of the mountain ash and also synthesized, used as a fungicide.

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sorbic acid in Science
sorbic acid
  (sôr'bĭk)   
A white crystalline solid found in the berries of the mountain ash or prepared synthetically and used as a food preservative and fungicide. Chemical formula: C6H8O2.
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