Chelidonic acid

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Chelidonic acid
Chelidonic acid Structural Formula V.1.svg
Systematic IUPAC name
4-Oxo-4H-pyran-2,6-dicarboxylic acid
Other names
Jerva acid; Jervaic acid; Jervasic acid; γ-Pyrone-2,6-dicarboxylic acid
99-32-1 YesY
ChemSpider 7153
Jmol 3D model Interactive image
PubChem 7431
Molar mass 184.10 g·mol−1
Melting point 257 °C (495 °F; 530 K)[1] (decomposes)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references

Chelidonic acid is a heterocyclic organic acid with a pyran skeleton.

Chelidonic acid can be prepared in two steps from diethyl oxalate and acetone:[1][2]


It occurs naturally in plants of the Asparagales order.


  1. ^ a b E. Raymond Riegel and F. Zwilgmeyer (1937). "Chelidonic acid". Org. Synth. 17: 40. ; Coll. Vol., 2, p. 126 
  2. ^ G. Horvath; C. Russa; Z. Koentoes; J. Gerencser (1999). "A new Efficient Method for the Preparation of 2,6-Pyridinedihiethyl Ditosylates from Dimethyl 2,60-Pyridinedicarboxylates". Synth. Comm. 29 (21): 3719–3732. doi:10.1080/00397919908086011.