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succinic acid

Line breaks: suc|cin¦ic acid
Pronunciation: /sʌkˈsɪnɪk
 
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Definition of succinic acid in English:

noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
A crystalline organic acid which occurs in living tissue as an intermediate in glucose metabolism.
Example sentences
  • Like these two principal grape acids, pure succinic acid is a white crystalline solid that is very soluble in water and alcoholic water solutions such as wine.
  • This alcohol was then conjugated to one of the COOH groups of succinic acid, forming an ester linkage.
  • Cells were then washed twice with distilled water and incubated further for 5 hr in an equal volume of yeast extract-peptone media containing 2% (w/v) glycerol and 1% succinic acid.

Origin

late 18th century: succinic from French succinique, from Latin succinum 'amber' (from which it was first derived).

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