citric acid

cit·ric ac·id
C c


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [si-trik as-id]
    • /ˈsɪ trɪk ˈæs ɪd/
    • /ˈsɪt.rəs ˈæsɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [si-trik as-id]
    • /ˈsɪ trɪk ˈæs ɪd/

Definitions of citric acid words

  • uncountable noun citric acid Citric acid is a weak acid found in many kinds of fruit, especially citrus fruit such as oranges and lemons. 3
  • noun citric acid a water-soluble weak tribasic acid found in many fruits, esp citrus fruits, and used in pharmaceuticals and as a flavouring (E330). It is extracted from citrus fruits or made by fermenting molasses and is an intermediate in carbohydrate metabolism. Formula: CH2(COOH)C(OH)(COOH)CH2COOH 3
  • noun citric acid Citric acid is a weak acid found in many kinds of fruit, used in medicines as a flavoring. 3
  • noun citric acid a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C 6 H 8 O 7 ⋅H 2 O, a tribasic acid having a strong acidic taste, an intermediate in the metabolism of carbohydrates occurring in many fruits, especially limes and lemons, obtained chiefly by fermentation of crude sugar or corn sugar: used chiefly in the flavoring of beverages, confections, and pharmaceuticals. 1
  • noun citric acid flavoring: sour salt, mild acid found in citrus fruit 1
  • noun citric acid (organic chemistry) A colourless crystalline compound, 2-hydroxy-1,2,3-propanetricarboxylic acid, C6H8O7, found in citrous fruit; it is used as a food additive and in the manufacture of citrates. 0

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Origin of citric acid

First appearance:

before 1805
One of the 41% newest English words
First recorded in 1805-15

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citric acid popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 40% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 65% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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