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Meaning of levulinic acid

lev'u•lin'ic ac'id

Pronunciation: (lev'yu-lin'ik, lev"-), [key]
— Chem. Chem.
  1. a white or colorless, water-soluble solid, CHO, produced by the hydrolysis of cane sugar, starch, or cellulose; used chiefly in the organic synthesis of nylon, plastics, and pharmaceuticals.
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