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Meaning of chlorogenic acid

chlo'ro•gen'ic ac'id

Pronunciation: (klôr'u-jen'ik, klōr'-, klôr"-, klōr"-), [key]
— Biochem. Biochem.
  1. a colorless crystalline acid, CHO, that is important in plant metabolism and is purportedly responsible for the browning or blackening of cut apples, potatoes, and other fruits and vegetables.
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