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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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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1852, in the meaning defined above

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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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