Citric Acid


Citric Acid is a weak organic acid that has the chemical formula C6H8O7. It occurs naturally in citrus fruits. In biochemistry, it is an intermediate in the citric acid formula cycle, which occurs in the metabolism of all aerobic organisms. More than two million tons of citric acid are manufactured every year. It is used widely as an acidifier, as a flavoring, and as a chelating agent. A citrate is a derivative of citric acid; that is, the salts, esters, and polyatomic anion found in solution. A

The formula of citric acid

An example of the former, a salt is trisodium citrate; an ester is triethyl citrate. When part of a salt, the formula of the citrate ion is written as C6H5O3−7 or C3H5O(COO)3−3. If you have further questions about the citric acid formula, contact us directly!


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