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citric acid

 [sit´rik]
a compound found in citrus fruits and acting as an antiscorbutic and diuretic. It functions as an anticoagulant in blood preservatives such as citrate phosphate dextrose, and is a metabolic intermediate in the tricarboxylic acid cycle.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

cit·ric ac·id

(sit'rik as'id),
The acid of citrus fruits, widely distributed in nature and a key intermediate in intermediary metabolism.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

cit·ric ac·id

(sit'rik as'id)
The acid of citrus fruits, widely distributed in nature and a key intermediate in intermediary metabolism.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

citric acid

An ingredient of various effervescent medications such as urine alkalizing agents.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

cit·ric ac·id

(sit'rik as'id)
The acid of citrus fruits, widely distributed in nature and a key intermediate in intermediary metabolism.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about citric acid

Q. I have an allergy to citric acid. Is there a cure or preventative for this.......something I can take? Redness of face around features and blurring of vision about half an hour after ingesting. Citric Acid is in a LOT of products.

A. Thanks for trying Justin. For the redness, I use a mix of anti-histamine cream and hydro-cortisone. This doesn't help with the blurred-vision of course; it's just a temporary fix for my appearance. It seems that I just need to find things I can eat that don't have citric-acid added (as a preservative or to add a tangy taste) or that have citric-acid in it naturally (like citrus fruits etc.). I have to avoid foods that have the following on the ingredients list: citric-acid, sodium citrate, E330. Hope this info helps some others!

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