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L-Ascorbic acid

See under ascorbic acid.

Colourless and odourless crystalline acid, similar to sugars and strongly acidic, its salts are called ascorbates. The name is derived from the Greek "a" (for "not") and the vitamin C deficiency scurvy (meaning "one does not get scurvy"). Of the four existing forms, only L-ascorbic acid is biologically active, which and its derivatives are summarized under the name vitamin C. It is present in many fruits and vegetables, for...

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