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Why is citric acid called an acid?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (14743points) 1 week ago

(also known as vitamin c)

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seawulf575's avatar

Because it has pH well below 7 (7 is a neutral pH).

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@seawulf575 Oh. I thought it would be more complex. Thanks.

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JLeslie's avatar

Absorbing acid is vitamin C

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Just to note: Vitamin C and citric acid are different substances. Vitamin C is also called “ascorbic acid”. They’re similar chemically speaking, but they’re not the same.

I don’t know chemistry too well, but my understanding is that an acid is a substance that gives up a hydrogen ion. When an acid is added to water, it increases the number of hydrogen ions in the solution (that’s what pH measures). A base, on the other hand, increases the number of hydroxide (OH) ions.

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