Ascorbic acid

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Ascorbic acid


A white crystalline, water-soluble vitamin that nautrally occurs in citrus fruits and many vegetables. Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, is essential in humans for several metabolic functions, such as the formation of healthy skin and the healing of wounds. Vitamin C also prevents scurvy. Ascorbic acid is readily oxidized and as such is used in photographic developer solutions as a reducing agent.

Synonyms and Related Terms

vitamin C; Ascorbinsäur (Deut.); vitamina C (Esp., Port.); acide ascorbique; vitamine C (Fr.); acido ascorbico (It.); ascorbinezuur (Ned.); kwas askorbinowy (Pol.); Askorbinsyra (Sven.);

Chemical structure


Composition C6H8O6
CAS 50-81-7
Melting Point 190-192
Molecular Weight 176012

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998