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malic acid Line breaks: malic acid
Pronunciation: /ˈmalɪk/

Definition of malic acid in English:


[mass noun]
A crystalline acid present in unripe apples and other fruits.
  • Chemical formula: HOOCCH2CH(OH)COOH
Example sentences
  • The mixture of fruit acids may include citric acid, glycollic acid, lactic acid, malic acid and tartaric acid.
  • And the tangy apple flavour found in most Chardonnays comes primarily from malic acid, the tart acid found in apples.
  • In some species, there may be oscillations of citric acid in addition to malic acid.


Late 18th century: malic from French malique, from Latin malum 'apple'.

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