Uvitic acid

Uvitic acid
IUPAC name
5-Methylisophthalic acid
Other names
5-Methyl-1,3-benzenedicarboxylic acid; 3,5-Dicarboxytoluene
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ChemSpider 61445
EC Number 207-881-2
Molar mass 180.16 g·mol−1
Appearance White crystalline solid
Density 1.4±0.1 g/cm3
Melting point 298 °C
Boiling point 408.7±33.0 °C at 760 mmHg
Vapor pressure 0.0±1.0 mmHg at 25°C
Flash point 215.1±21.9 °C
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Uvitic acid (5-methylisophthalic acid) is an organic compound with the formula CH3C6H3(COOH)2.[1][2] The name comes from Latin uva which means a grape. The acid is called so because it may be produced indirectly from tartaric acid, which is found in the grape.[3] Under normal conditions, the acid is a white crystalline substance.


Uvitic acid is obtained by oxidizing mesitylene or by condensing pyruvic acid with baryta water.[4]

See also


  1. "Uvitic acid". rdchemicals.com. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  2. "Uvitic acid". chemspider.com. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  3. Senning, Alexander (2006). Elsevier's Dictionary of Chemoetymology: The Whys and Whences of Chemical Nomenclature and Terminology. Elsevier. p. 410. ISBN 9780080488813. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  4. "Definition of uvitic acid". merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
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