One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A crystalline acid present in unripe apples and other fruits.
Chemical formula: HOOCCH₂CH(OH)COOH
- ‘And the tangy apple flavour found in most Chardonnays comes primarily from malic acid, the tart acid found in apples.’
- ‘This compound is composed of creatine bound to malic acid.’
- ‘Some products contain citrulline malate, which is simply citrulline attached to malic acid.’
- ‘The mixture of fruit acids may include citric acid, glycollic acid, lactic acid, malic acid and tartaric acid.’
- ‘In some species, there may be oscillations of citric acid in addition to malic acid.’
Late 18th century: malic from French malique, from Latin malum ‘apple’.
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