fumaric acid


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fumaric acid a colorless crystalline acid with a fruity taste; used in making polyester resins
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fumaric acid (Chem) a widely occurring organic acid, extracted from fumitory as a white crystallline substance, C2H2(CO2H)2, and produced artificially in many ways, as by the distillation of malic acid; boletic acid. It is found also in the lichen, Iceland moss, and hence was also called lichenic acid.
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In literature:

When heated with concentrated hydrobromic or hydriodic acids, it is converted into fumaric acid.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various

In news:

According to The Daily Mail, he won the 1937 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for "his discoveries in connection with the biological combustion processes, with special reference to vitamin-C and the catalysis of fumaric acid".