adipic acid

noun
adip·​ic acid | \ ə-ˈdi-pik- How to pronounce adipic acid (audio) \

Definition of adipic acid

: a white crystalline dicarboxylic acid C6H10O4 formed by oxidation of various fats and also made synthetically for use especially in the manufacture of nylon

Examples of adipic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are then turned into a mixture of adipic acid, a precursor to nylon. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Mar. 2022

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First Known Use of adipic acid

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adipic acid

borrowed from French (acide) adipique, from Latin adip-, adeps "fat" + French -ique -ic entry 1 — more at adip-

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“Adipic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adipic%20acid. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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adipic acid

noun
adip·​ic acid | \ ə-ˈdip-ik- How to pronounce adipic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of adipic acid

: a white crystalline dicarboxylic acid C6H10O4 formed by oxidation of various fats and also made synthetically for use especially in the manufacture of nylon

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