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maleic acid

[muh-lee-ik] /məˈli ɪk/
noun, Chemistry.
a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble solid, C 4 H 4 O 4 , isomeric with fumaric acid, having an astringent, repulsive taste and faint acidulous odor: used in the manufacture of synthetic resins, the dyeing and finishing of textiles, and as a preservative for fats and oils.
Origin of maleic acid
1870-75; < French maléique, alteration of malique malic Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for maleic acid

maleic acid

a colourless soluble crystalline substance used to synthesize other compounds. Formula: HOOCCH:CHCOOH Systematic name cis-butanedioic acid
Word Origin
C19: from French maléique, altered form of malique; see malic acid
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maleic acid in Medicine

maleic acid ma·le·ic acid (mə-lē'ĭk)
A colorless crystalline dibasic acid that is an isomer of fumaric acid and is used as an oil and fat preservative.

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maleic acid in Science
maleic acid
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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