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.

Origin of mucic acid

First recorded in 1830–40
Also called saccharolactic acid. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for mucic acid

mucic acid

/ (ˈmjuːsɪk) /


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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