Maleic-acid meaning

mə-lēĭk
A colorless crystalline acid, the cis-isomer of C4 H4 O4 , used in textile processing and as an oil and fat preservative.
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A colorless, crystalline, poisonous acid, HOOCCH: CHCOOH, an isomer of fumaric acid, used in organic syntheses, in textile dyeing, etc.
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A colorless crystalline acid used in textile processing and as an oil and fat preservative. Maleic acid is a geometric isomer of fumaric acid, having two carboxyl groups (COOH) on the same side of an ethylene chain. Chemical formula: C4H4O4.
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(organic chemistry) An unsaturated organic dicarboxylic acid, HOOCCH=CHCOOH, the geometric isomer of fumaric acid; it is found in unripe fruit, and is used industrially in the production of polyester resins.
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Origin of maleic-acid

  • From French acide maléique alteration of acide malique malic acid malic acid

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition