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noun
a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble powder, C4H4N2O3, used chiefly in the synthesis of barbiturates.
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Also called malonylurea.

Origin of barbituric acid

First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for barbituric acid

barbituric acid
/ (ˌbɑːbɪˈtjʊərɪk) /

noun
a white crystalline solid used in the preparation of barbiturate drugs. Formula: C 4 H 4 N 2 O 3Systematic name: 2,4,6-trioxypyrimidine Also called: malonylurea

Word Origin for barbituric acid

C19: partial translation of German Barbitursäure, perhaps from the name Barbara + uric + Säure acid
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Medical definitions for barbituric acid

barbituric acid
[ bär′bĭ-turĭk ]

n.
An organic acid used in the manufacture of barbiturates.
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