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noun[mass noun] Chemistry
An acid present in cinchona bark and other plant products, used in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals.
- A cyclic carboxylic acid; chemical formula C6H7(OH)4COOH
- The crosses were performed in medium containing only sucrose, sucrose plus quinic acid, and only quinic acid, to assure protein expression, but we could not observe ascospores in any of these matings.
Early 19th century: from modern Latin quinatus, from Latin quini (see quinary).
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