propionic acid


pro·pi·on·ic acid

noun \ˌprō-pē-ˈä-nik-\

Definition of PROPIONIC ACID

:  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 of PROPIONIC ACID

International Scientific Vocabulary 1pro- + Greek piōn fat; akin to Sanskrit pīvan swelling, fat
First Known Use: 1850

pro·pi·on·ic acid

noun \ˌprō-pē-ˌän-ik-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PROPIONIC ACID

: 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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