fumaric acidfu·mar·ic acid
a colorless, crystalline, unsaturated organic acid, HOOCCH:CHCOOH, occurring in various plants or produced synthetically from maleic acid: used in making resins, as a stabilizer for foods, etc.
Origin of fumaric acid; from Modern Latin Fumaria, fumitory (; from Classical Latin fumarium: see fumarole) + -ic
A crystalline organic acid, the trans-isomer of C4H4O4, found in various plants and produced synthetically and used mainly in resins, paints, varnishes, and inks, and as a flavoring and a mordant.
Origin of fumaric acidFrom New Latin F&umacron;maria, genus of herbaceous plants (from Late Latin f&umacron;maria, fumitory, from Latin f&umacron;mus, smoke) + –ic.
(plural fumaric acids)
- (organic chemistry) an unsaturated organic dicarboxylic acid, HOOCCH=CHCOOH, the geometric isomer of maleic acid from which it may be prepared by heating; it is found in many plants, including fungi and mosses, and is essential in the chemistry of respiration; it has a number of industrial applications, and its esters, the fumarates are used in the treatment of psoriasis