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crotonic acid

[kroh-ton-ik, -toh-nik]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble solid, C4H6O2, used chiefly in organic synthesis.

Origin of crotonic acid

First recorded in 1830–40; croton + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for crotonic acid

crotonic acid

noun
  1. a colourless crystalline insoluble unsaturated carboxylic acid produced by oxidation of crotonaldehyde and used in organic synthesis; trans- 2-butenoic acid. Formula: CH 3 CH:CHCOOH
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