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fumar'ic ac'id




a colorless, odorless, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C4H4O4, isomeric with maleic acid, essential to cellular respiration in most eukaryotic organisms: used in the making of synthetic resins and as a replacement for tartaric acid in beverages and baking powders. Also called boletic acid, lichenic acid.

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fumaricfumarole
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