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noun, Chemistry.
a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C 6 H 1 0 O 8 , obtained by the oxidation of certain gums, milk sugar, or galactose, and used chiefly in organic synthesis.
a colourless crystalline solid carboxylic acid found in milk sugar and used in the manufacture of pyrrole. Formula: C4H4(OH)4(COOH)2


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