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propionic acid

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noun pro·pi·on·ic acid \ˌprō-pē-ˈä-nik-\

Definition of propionic acid

  1. :  a liquid sharp-odored fatty acid C3H6O2 found in milk and distillates of wood, coal, and petroleum and used especially as a mold inhibitor and flavoring agent



Origin and Etymology of propionic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary 1pro- + Greek piōn fat; akin to Sanskrit pīvan swelling, fat


First Known Use: 1850


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propionic acid

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noun pro·pi·on·ic acid \ˌprō-pē-ˌän-ik-\

Medical Definition of propionic acid

  1. :  a liquid sharp-odored fatty acid C3H6O2 found in milk and distillates of wood, coal, and petroleum—called also propanoic acid




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