The DICT Development Group
2 definitions found
for Tartaric acid
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Tartaric \Tar*tar"ic\, a. (Chem.)
Of or pertaining to tartar; derived from, or resembling,
Tartaric acid. (a) An acid widely diffused throughout the
vegetable kingdom, as in grapes, mountain-ash berries,
etc., and obtained from tartar as a white crystalline
substance, C2H2(OH)2.(CO2H)2, having a strong pure acid
taste. It is used in medicine, in dyeing, calico printing,
photography, etc., and also as a substitute for lemon
juice. Called also dextro-tartaric acid.
(b) By extension, any one of the series of isomeric acids
(racemic acid, levotartaric acid, inactive tartaric acid)
of which tartaric acid proper is the type.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: an acid found in many fruits; used in soft drinks and
confectionery and baking powder
Questions or comments about this site?