erythorbic acid

[ er-uh-thawr-bik, er- ]
/ ˈɛr əˈθɔr bɪk, ˌɛr- /

noun Chemistry.

a crystalline compound, C6H8O6, soluble in water: used as an antioxidant for food and as a reducing agent in photography.

Nearby words

  1. erythema pernio,
  2. erythema toxicum,
  3. erythema toxicum neonatorum,
  4. erythematovesicular,
  5. erythorbate,
  6. erythraemia,
  7. erythralgia,
  8. erythrasma,
  9. erythredema,
  10. erythremia

Origin of erythorbic acid

First recorded in 1960–65; eryth(r)- + (asc)orbic acid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for erythorbic acid

erythorbic acid

[ ĕr′ə-thôrbĭk ]


An optical isomer of ascorbic acid used as an antioxidant.

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