from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, or designating, an acid called also inactive tartaric acid. It is an optically inactive stereoisomer of tartaric acid due to internal compensation of the rotatory activity of the two asymmetric centers; it has a plane of symmetry in the molecule.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Noting an acid, a colorless optically inactive compound, HOOCCH(OH).CH(OH)COOH.H2O, prepared by the prolonged boiling of d-tartarie acid with water or hydrochloric acid.
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