Definition of citric acid in English:

citric acid

Syllabification: cit·ric ac·id

noun

Chemistry
  • A sharp-tasting crystalline acid present in the juice of lemons and other sour fruits. It is made commercially by the fermentation of sugar and used as a flavoring and setting agent.
    • A tribasic acid; chemical formula: C6H8O7
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    • Addition of an acid such as citric acid (found in lemon juice) or cream of tartar (which contains tartaric acid) also enhances inversion.
    • Place the sugar, citric acid and tartaric acid in a large bowl (non-metallic is probably best).
    • Most mixtures of low-acid and acid foods also have pH values above 4.6 unless their recipes include enough lemon juice, citric acid, or vinegar to make them acid foods.

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