Definition of succinic acid in English:

succinic acid

Syllabification: suc·cin·ic ac·id
Pronunciation: /səkˌsinik ˈasid


  • A crystalline organic acid which occurs in living tissue as an intermediate in glucose metabolism.
    • Chemical formula: HOOC(CH2)2COOH
    More 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈsəksəˌnāt/
More example sentences
  • In fact, it has been shown that anaerobic-tolerant plants can produce various metabolites, such as alanine, succinate, aminobutyrate, and malate, as fermentation end-products.
  • Addition of succinate induced polarization of the inner membrane followed by rapid and transient depolarizations.
  • Succinyl CoA is cleaved by succinyl CoA synthetase to release succinate.


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

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