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The structure of ascorbic acid.
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Ascorbic acid is a naturally-occurring organic compound more routinely known as vitamin C. It is found naturally in many fruits and is a well-known antioxidant. It can be easily purchased in tablet or powder form in groceries or pharmacies. In the field of chemistry, it is used as a reducing agent, such as in the precipitation of elemental copper from a solution of copper(II) ions, as well as a means of introducing the ascorbate ion.
Ascorbic acid can be used to reduce silver nitrate to metallic silver.
Ascorbic acid is a white to light yellow solid, soluble in water, with a sour taste. It is soluble in water, less so in alcohols, glycerol, propylene glycol, and insoluble in benzene, chloroform, diethyl ether, petroleum ether, as well as fats and oils.
Ascorbic acid is sold in pharmacies an most food stores.
Ascorbic acid can be extracted from fruits.
- Reduce various metals compounds to their respective metals
Ascorbic acid is vital to the organism. Lack of ascorbic acid leads to scurvy.
In closed bottles.
Ascorbic acid can be safely poured down the drain, dumped in soil or burned.