malonic acidma·lo·nic acid
a crystalline, dibasic acid, HOOCCHCOOH, obtained from malic acid by oxidation and used in synthesizing barbiturates
Origin of malonic acidFrench malonique, altered from malique: see malic acid
A white crystalline dicarboxylic acid, C3H4O4, that is a strong irritant and is used in making barbiturates.
Origin of malonic acidFrench (acide) malonique alteration of malique malic (acid) ; see malic acid .