- a white, crystalline, water-soluble, dibasic acid, C3H4O4, easily decomposed by heat: used chiefly as an intermediate in the synthesis of barbiturates.
Origin of malonic acid
First recorded in 1885–90
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- another name for propanedioic acid
C19: from French malonique, altered form of malique; see malic acid
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malonic acid(mə-lō′nĭk, -lŏn′ik)
- A white crystalline dicarboxylic acid derived from malic acid and used in the manufacture of barbiturates.
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- A white crystalline acid derived from malic acid and used in making barbiturates. Chemical formula: C3H4O4.
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