racemic acid


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racemic acid

(rāsē`mĭk): see tartaric acidtartaric acid,
HO2CCHOHCHOHCO2H, white crystalline dicarboxylic acid. It occurs as three distinct isomers, the dextro-, levo-, and meso- forms.
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racemic acid

[rə′sēm·ik ′as·əd]
(organic chemistry)
C2H4O2(COOH)2·H2O Colorless crystals, melting at 205°C; soluble in water, slightly soluble in alcohol; used as a chemical intermediate. Also known as inactive tartaric acid.