tartaric acid(redirected from 2,3-dihydroxybutanedioic acid)
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Any of three stereoisomeric crystalline organic dicarboxylic acids, C4H6O6, used to make cream of tartar and baking powder, as a sequestrant, and in effervescent beverages and photographic chemicals.
(Elements & Compounds) a colourless or white odourless crystalline water-soluble dicarboxylic acid existing in four stereoisomeric forms, the commonest being the dextrorotatory (d-) compound which is found in many fruits: used as a food additive (E334) in soft drinks, confectionery, and baking powders and in tanning and photography. Formula: HOOCCH(OH)CH(OH)COOH. Systematic name: 2,3-dihydroxybutanedioic acid
tar•tar′ic ac′id(tɑrˈtær ɪk, -ˈtɑr-)
an organic compound, C4H6O6, occurring in four isomeric forms: used in effervescent beverages, baking powder, photography, and tanning.
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|Noun||1.||tartaric acid - an acid found in many fruits; used in soft drinks and confectionery and baking powder|
hydroxy acid - any acid that has hydroxyl groups in addition to the hydroxyl group in the acid itself
racemic acid - the optically inactive form of tartaric acid that is often found in grape juice