bu·​ty·​rate | \ ˈbyü-tə-ˌrāt How to pronounce butyrate (audio) \

Definition of butyrate

: a salt or ester of butyric acid

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Recent Examples on the Web One in particular, butyrate, scientists have found, helps to promote cell differentiation in the colon. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "There’s one magic substance that will help with America’s gut problems," 4 Apr. 2018 In the lab, to show me examples of the molecule ingredients, Lee unscrews a small vial of ethyl butyrate, a chemical compound found in some wines that gives off a pineapple aroma. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco startup unveils synthetic wine and sake, made from molecules in a lab," 20 Feb. 2020 These bacteria produce acetate, propionate and butyrate as metabolic endpoints. Enea Rezzonico, Scientific American, "Nestlé's research on nutrition and the human gut microbiome," 17 Feb. 2015 Short-chain fatty acids such as acetate, propionate and butyrate – the metabolic end products of the majority of saccharolytic colonic bacteria – are the focus of much current research linking the gut to other organs1. Enea Rezzonico, Scientific American, "Nestlé's research on nutrition and the human gut microbiome," 17 Feb. 2015 Clear plastic screwdriver handles are usually made from cellulose acetate butyrate, a material developed in the 1930s. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Why Do My Old Plastic Screwdriver Handles Stink?," 8 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of butyrate

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Butyrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butyrate. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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bu·​ty·​rate | \ ˈbyüt-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce butyrate (audio) \

Medical Definition of butyrate

: a salt or ester of butyric acid

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