chlorogenic acid

chlorogenic acid
/klawr"euh jen"ik, klohr"-, klawr'-, klohr'-/, Biochem.
a colorless crystalline acid, C16H18O9, that is important in plant metabolism and is purportedly responsible for the browning or blackening of cut apples, potatoes, and other fruits and vegetables.
[1885-90; CHLORO-1 + -GENIC; so named because in an ammonia solution it turns green when exposed to air]

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