caproic acid

noun

ca·​pro·​ic acid kə-ˈprō-ik- How to pronounce caproic acid (audio)
: 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

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin capr-, caper

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caproic acid was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Caproic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caproic%20acid. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

caproic acid

noun
ca·​pro·​ic acid kə-ˌprō-ik- How to pronounce caproic acid (audio)
: 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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