caprylic acid

noun
ca·​pryl·​ic acid | \ kə-ˈpri-lik- How to pronounce caprylic acid (audio) \

Definition of caprylic acid

: a fatty acid C8H16O2 of rancid odor occurring in fats and oils and used especially in the synthesis of esters for perfumes

Examples of caprylic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This drying effect is balanced by coco-caprylate, an emollient gel derived from coconut oil and caprylic acid, which moisturizes the underarms for soft, soothed skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Formulated with coco-caprylate, a derivative of coconut alcohol and caprylic acid, the cream preemptively soothes any inflammation and irritation. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 But caprylic acid is an oily liquid that allows the poisonous spray to adhere and spread on enemies’ bodies more effectively. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2018 But caprylic acid is an oily liquid that allows the poisonous spray to adhere and spread on enemies’ bodies more effectively. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2018 But caprylic acid is an oily liquid that allows the poisonous spray to adhere and spread on enemies’ bodies more effectively. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2018 But caprylic acid is an oily liquid that allows the poisonous spray to adhere and spread on enemies’ bodies more effectively. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2018 Mixed in was 5 percent caprylic acid, also not a complex molecule. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2018 Mixed in was 5 percent caprylic acid, also not a complex molecule. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of caprylic acid

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caprylic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary capryl, a radical contained in it

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13 Jun 2022

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“Caprylic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caprylic%20acid. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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caprylic acid

noun
ca·​pryl·​ic acid | \ kə-ˌpril-ik- How to pronounce caprylic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of caprylic acid

: a fatty acid C8H16O2 of rancid odor occurring in fats and oils and used in perfumes

called also octanoic acid

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about caprylic acid

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