adipic acid

noun

adip·​ic acid ə-ˈdi-pik- How to pronounce adipic acid (audio)
: 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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adipic acid was in 1839

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“Adipic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adipic%20acid. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

adipic acid

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