maleic anhydride

noun Chemistry.

a colorless crystalline, unsaturated compound, C4H2O3, that is soluble in acetone and hydrolyzes in water: used in the production of polyester resins, pesticides, and fumaric and tartaric acids.

Nearby words

  1. malefic,
  2. maleficence,
  3. maleficent,
  4. malegaon,
  5. maleic acid,
  6. maleic hydrazide,
  7. malemute,
  8. maleness,
  9. malenkov,
  10. malentendu

Origin of maleic anhydride

First recorded in 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019