Malic-acid meaning

măl'ĭk, mā'lĭk
A colorless, crystalline compound, C4 H6 O5 , used as a flavoring in foods and beverages. The levorotary form occurs naturally in wine and in many fruits, including apples, cherries, and tomatoes.
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A crystalline acid, COOHCH2CH(OH)COOH, occurring in apples and other fruits.
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A colorless, crystalline compound that occurs naturally in a wide variety of unripe fruits, including apples, cherries, and tomatoes, and is an intermediate product of the Krebs cycle. It is used as a flavoring and in the aging of wine. Also called malate. Chemical formula: C4H6O5.
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(organic chemistry) A colourless crystalline dicarboxylic acid, hydroxy-malonic acid, found in wine, apples and other fruit; it is converted to lactic acid by malo-lactic fermentation.
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Origin of malic-acid

  • French (acide) malique from Latin mālum apple from Greek mēlon, mālon
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition