Tartaric

Definition of Tartaric

Tar`tar´ic
a.1.(Chem.) Of or pertaining to tartar; derived from, or resembling, tartar.
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.

Related Words

cream of tartar, potassium hydrogen tartrate, tartar
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