citral: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (si'trul), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. a pale yellow, water-insoluble, liquid aldehyde, CHO, having a strong lemonlike odor, consisting in natural form of two isomersusually obtained from the oils of lemon and orange or synthetically: used chiefly in perfumery, flavoring, and the synthesis of vitamin A.
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