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valeric acid

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

Definition of valeric acid

  1. :  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 and Etymology of valeric acid

valerian; from its occurrence in the root of valerian


First Known Use: 1857


Medical Dictionary

valeric acid

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noun va·le·ric acid \və-ˌlir-ik-\

Medical Definition of valeric acid

  1. :  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 acidb:  isovaleric acidc:  a liquid acid existing in three optically isomeric forms and occurring usually in the dextrorotatory form in a few essential oilsd:  pivalic acid



Variants of valeric acid

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valerianic acid

\və-ˌlir-ē-ˌan-ik-\play

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