Definition of maleic acid in English:

maleic acid

Line breaks: ma¦leic acid
Pronunciation: /məˈleɪɪk
 
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noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A crystalline acid made by distilling malic acid, used in making synthetic resins.
    • Chemical formula: HOOCCHCHCOOH
    More example sentences
    • Citric acid, maleic acid, and butanetetracarboxylic acid are the three agents used most often.
    • Moreover the molecules of maleic acid are polar and are easily hydrated by the polar water molecules.
    • If released into water, maleic acid will probably biodegrade based on the results of screening studies.

Origin

mid 19th century: maleic from French maléique, alteration of malique (see malic acid).

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