caproic acid

noun
ca·​pro·​ic acid | \ kə-ˈprō-ik- \

Definition of caproic acid

: 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

First Known Use of caproic acid

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caproic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin capr-, caper

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The first known use of caproic acid was in 1830

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caproic acid

noun
ca·​pro·​ic acid | \ kə-ˌprō-ik- \

Medical Definition of caproic acid

: 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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