caproic acid

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noun ca·pro·ic acid \kə-ˈprō-ik-\

Definition of caproic acid

  1. :  a liquid fatty acid C6H12O2 that is found as a glycerol ester in fats and oils or made synthetically and used in pharmaceuticals and flavorings

Origin and Etymology of caproic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin capr-, caper


First Known Use: 1830


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caproic acid

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noun ca·pro·ic acid \kə-ˌprō-ik-\

Medical Definition of caproic acid

  1. :  a liquid fatty acid C6H12O2 that is found as a glycerol ester in fats and oils or made synthetically and used in pharmaceuticals and flavors—called also hexanoic acid


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