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What is Succinic Acid?

 

Succinic acid ( pronunciation: [sək-ˈsi-nik ˈa-səd]; IUPAC systematic namebutanedioic acid; historically known as spirit of amber) is a dicarboxylic acid. Succinate plays a biochemical role in the citric acid cycle. The name derives from Latin succinum, meaning amber, from which the acid may be obtained.

The carboxylate anion is called succinate and esters of succinic acid are called alkyl succinates.

Succinic Acid is another name for Amber Acid. Authenic Baltic Amber naturally contains Succinic Acid.The content contained can be as much as 3- 8 percent by weight.



Even before mankind knew that there were things called acids, the people of Europe recognized that amber had magical curative powers.

They used amber in many forms. They used amber bracelets, necklaces, powder, chips, stones, oils and smoke.


The ancients wore natural Baltic amber necklaces and bracelets, made from amber stones and chips that washed up on the shores of the Baltic Sea, that were thought to have magical powers.

A Dominican Monk, Albert The Great, born in 1193, called Natural Baltic Amber Succinium.

Amber tinctures were made from beer, wine and water.

Another theory has shown Amber to be electromagnetically alive and therefore charged with a significant amount of Organic Energy. It's special attribute is that it is electronegative.

Succinic acid
Identifiers
CAS number 110-15-6 Yes check.svg
ChemSpider 1078
SMILES
Properties
Molecular formula C4H6O4
Molar mass 118.09 g/mol
Density 1.56 g/cm³
Melting point

185–187 °C

Boiling point

235 °C, 508 K, 455 °F

Solubility in 2-propanol,ethanol 2-propanol 0.32 M, ethanol 0.4 M [1]
Acidity (pKa) pKa1=4.2
pKa2=5.6

Related compounds
Other anions
Succinat.svg
succinate
Relatedcarboxylic acids propionic acid
malonic acid

butyric acid

crotonic acid

malic acid

tartaric acid

fumaric acid

diglycolic acid

pentanoic acid

glutaric acid
Related compounds butanol
butyraldehyde

crotonaldehyde

sodium succinate

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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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Succinic acid ( pronunciation: [sək-ˈsi-nik ˈa-səd]; IUPAC systematic namebutanedioic acid; historically known as spirit of amber) is a dicarboxylic acid. Succinate plays a biochemical role in the citric acid cycle. The name derives from Latin succinum, meaning amber, from which the acid may be obtained.

The carboxylate anion is called succinate and esters of succinic acid are called alkyl succinates.


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