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valeric acid

noun va·le·ric acid \və-ˈlir-ik-, -ˈler-\

Definition of VALERIC ACID

:  any of four isomeric fatty acids C5H10O2 or a mixture of these; especially :  a liquid acid of disagreeable odor obtained from valerian or made synthetically and used especially in organic synthesis

Origin of VALERIC ACID

valerian; from its occurrence in the root of valerian
First Known Use: 1857
Medical Dictionary

valeric acid

noun va·le·ric acid \və-ˌlir-ik-\

Medical Definition of VALERIC ACID

:  any of four isomeric fatty acids C5H10O2 or a mixture of two or more of them: a :  a liquid normal acid that has a disagreeable odor and that is used in organic synthesis—called also pentanoic acid b :  isovaleric acid c :  a liquid acid existing in three optically isomeric forms and occurring usually in the dextrorotatory form in a few essential oils d :  pivalic acid

Variants of VALERIC ACID

va·le·ric acid also va·le·ri·an·ic acid \və-ˌlir-ē-ˌan-ik-\

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