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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless crystalline dicarboxylic acid, C4H6O4, occurring naturally in amber and important in the Krebs cycle. It is also synthesized for use in pharmaceuticals and perfumes.

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  • n. A colourless crystalline dicarboxylic acid, (CH2COOH)2, that occurs naturally in amber and is important in the metabolic Krebs cycle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dicarboxylic acid (C4H6O4) active in metabolic processes

Etymologies

French succinique, from Latin succinum, amber.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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