itaconic acid

[ it-uh-kon-ik ]
/ ˌɪt əˈkɒn ɪk /

noun Chemistry.

a colorless crystalline compound, C5H6O4, obtained by fermentation, soluble in water, alcohol, and acetone: used as an intermediate in the formation of fibers, resins, etc.

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Origin of itaconic acid

1860–65; rearrangement of the letters of aconitic acid, orig. extracted from aconite

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British Dictionary definitions for itaconic acid

itaconic acid

/ (ˌɪtəˈkɒnɪk) /

noun

a white colourless crystalline carboxylic acid obtained by the fermentation of carbohydrates and used in the manufacture of synthetic resins. Formula: CH 2 :C(COOH)CH 2 COOH
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