butyric acid


Definition of butyric acid

: either of two isomeric fatty acids C4H8O2 especially : the straight-chain acid of unpleasant odor normally found in perspiration and rancid butter

Examples of butyric acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Females produce seeds with an outer fleshy layer that contains butyric acid, the signature scent of human vomit. Sarah Gibbens, Environment, "Ginkgo trees nearly went extinct. Here’s how we saved these ‘living fossils.’," 30 Nov. 2020 Ghee is high in Omega-3s and butyric acid, a short-chain fatty acid thought to be good for your gastrointestinal tract. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "What Is Ghee, the Clarified Butter We Could Eat by the Spoon?," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of butyric acid

1826, in the meaning defined above

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10 Dec 2020

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“Butyric acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butyric%20acid. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of butyric acid

: either of two isomeric fatty acids C4H8O2:
a : a normal acid of unpleasant odor found in rancid butter and in perspiration

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