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caprylic acid

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noun ca·pryl·ic acid \kə-ˈpri-lik-\

Definition of caprylic acid

  1. :  a fatty acid C8H16O2 of rancid odor occurring in fats and oils and used especially in the synthesis of esters for perfumes



Origin and Etymology of caprylic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary capryl, a radical contained in it


First Known Use: 1845


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caprylic acid

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noun ca·pryl·ic acid \kə-ˌpril-ik-\

Medical Definition of caprylic acid

  1. :  a fatty acid C8H16O2 of rancid odor occurring in fats and oils and used in perfumes—called also octanoic acid




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