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

Definition of butyrate

: a salt or ester of butyric acid

Examples of butyrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One in particular, butyrate, scientists have found, helps to promote cell differentiation in the colon. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, 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, 20 Feb. 2020 These bacteria produce acetate, propionate and butyrate as metabolic endpoints. Enea Rezzonico, Scientific American, 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, 17 Feb. 2015 Clear plastic screwdriver handles are usually made from cellulose acetate butyrate, a material developed in the 1930s. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 8 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'butyrate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of butyrate

1852, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About butyrate

Time Traveler for butyrate

Time Traveler

The first known use of butyrate was in 1852

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near butyrate




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for butyrate

Cite this Entry

“Butyrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butyrate. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon
Seen & Heard
People are talking about

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for butyrate


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

Medical Definition of butyrate

: a salt or ester of butyric acid


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!