[ sawr-bik ]
/ ˈsɔr bɪk /
a white, crystalline compound, C6H8O2, slightly soluble in water, soluble in many organic solvents: used as a preservative in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food.
Words nearby sorbic acid
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British Dictionary definitions for sorbic acid
/ (ˈsɔːbɪk) /
a white crystalline unsaturated carboxylic acid found in berries of the mountain ash and used to inhibit the growth of moulds and as an additive for certain synthetic coatings, as of cheese (E200); 2,4-hexadienoic acid. It exists as cis- and trans- isomers, the latter being the one usually obtained. Formula: CH 3 CH:CHCH:CHCOOH
Word Origin for sorbic acid
C19: from sorb (the tree), from its discovery in the berries of the mountain ash
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Medicine definitions for sorbic acid
[ sôr′bĭk ]
A white crystalline solid found in the berries of the mountain ash and also synthesized, used as a fungicide.
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Science definitions for sorbic acid
[ sôr′bĭk ]
A white crystalline solid that is found in the berries of the rowan or prepared synthetically and is used as a food preservative and a fungicide. Chemical formula: C6H8O2.
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