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maleic anhydride

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noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless crystalline, unsaturated compound, C4H2O3, that is soluble in acetone and hydrolyzes in water: used in the production of polyester resins, pesticides, and fumaric and tartaric acids.

Origin of maleic anhydride

First recorded in 1855–60
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