<chemistry> Pertaining to, or derived from, amber; specif, designating a dibasic acid, CH.(COH), first obtained by the dry distillation of amber. It is found in a number of plants, as in lettuce and wormwood, and is also produced artificially as a white crystalline substance having a slightly acid taste.

Origin: Cf. F. Succinique. See Succinate.

(01 Mar 1998)