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noun Chemistry.
an isomeric modification of tartaric acid that is sometimes found in the juice of grapes in conjunction with the common dextrorotatory form and is optically inactive but can be separated into the two usual isomeric forms, dextrorotatory and levorotatory.
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Origin of racemic acid

First recorded in 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for racemic acid

racemic acid

noun
the optically inactive form of tartaric acid that is sometimes found in grape juice
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Scientific definitions for racemic acid

racemic acid

An optically inactive form of tartaric acid that can be separated into dextrorotatory and levorotatory components and is sometimes found in grape juice. Chemical formula: C4H6O6.
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