mucic acid


noun Chemistry.

a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C6H10O8, obtained by the oxidation of certain gums, milk sugar, or galactose, and used chiefly in organic synthesis.

Nearby words

  1. muchly,
  2. muchness,
  3. mucho,
  4. muci-,
  5. mucic,
  6. mucid,
  7. muciferous,
  8. muciform,
  9. mucigel,
  10. mucigen

Origin of mucic acid

First recorded in 1830–40

Also called saccharolactic acid.

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British Dictionary definitions for mucic acid

mucic acid

/ (ˈmjuːsɪk) /

noun

a colourless crystalline solid carboxylic acid found in milk sugar and used in the manufacture of pyrrole. Formula: C 4 H 4 (OH) 4 (COOH) 2

Word Origin for mucic acid

C19: mucic, from French mucique; see mucus, -ic

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