crotonic acid

[ kroh-ton-ik, -toh-nik ]
/ kroʊˈtɒn ɪk, -ˈtoʊ nɪk /

noun Chemistry.

a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble solid, C4H6O2, used chiefly in organic synthesis.

Nearby words

  1. croton oil,
  2. crotona,
  3. crotonaldehyde,
  4. crotonbug,
  5. crotone,
  6. crotonism,
  7. crotoxin,
  8. crottin,
  9. crottle,
  10. crouch

Origin of crotonic acid

First recorded in 1830–40; croton + -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for crotonic acid

crotonic acid

/ (krəʊˈtɒnɪk) /

noun

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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