caprylic acid

noun
ca·pryl·ic acid | \kə-ˈpri-lik- \

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

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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, "Jerrold Meinwald, 91, dies; studied creatures’ chemical signals," 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, "Jerrold Meinwald, 91, dies; studied creatures’ chemical signals," 16 May 2018 Mixed in was 5 percent caprylic acid, also not a complex molecule. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, "Jerrold Meinwald, 91, dies; studied creatures’ chemical signals," 16 May 2018 Mixed in was 5 percent caprylic acid, also not a complex molecule. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, "Jerrold Meinwald, 91, dies; studied creatures’ chemical signals," 16 May 2018 Mixed in was 5 percent caprylic acid, also not a complex molecule. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, "Jerrold Meinwald, 91, dies; studied creatures’ chemical signals," 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, "Jerrold Meinwald, 91, dies; studied creatures’ chemical signals," 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, New York Times, "Jerrold Meinwald, 91, Dies; Studied Creatures’ Chemical Signals," 14 May 2018 Mixed in was 5 percent caprylic acid, also not a complex molecule. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, "Jerrold Meinwald, 91, dies; studied creatures’ chemical signals," 16 May 2018

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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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caprylic acid

noun
ca·pryl·ic acid | \kə-ˌpril-ik- \

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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