alkanoic acid

al·​ka·​no·​ic acid | \ ¦alkə¦nōik- \

Definition of alkanoic acid

: an aliphatic acid (such as hexanoic acid) regarded as derived from an alkane and containing the same number of carbon atoms as the alkane

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First Known Use of alkanoic acid

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alkanoic acid

alkane + -oic

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“Alkanoic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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