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citric

[si-trik]
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adjective Chemistry.
  1. of or derived from citric acid.

Origin of citric

First recorded in 1790–1800; citr(us) + -ic
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citric

adjective
  1. of or derived from citrus fruits or citric acid
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Word Origin and History for citric

adj.

1800, from Modern Latin citricum (in acidum citricum "citric acid," discovered by Scheele in 1784; see citrus + -ic. The classical adjective was citreus.

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