caprylic acid

noun

ca·​pryl·​ic acid kə-ˈpri-lik- How to pronounce caprylic acid (audio)
: 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 Coconut oil Thanks to caprylic acid, a component of coconut oil, this slimy substance may help with infant thrush. Nicole Harris, Parents, 28 June 2023 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, 4 Oct. 2022 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

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary capryl, a radical contained in it

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caprylic acid was in 1845

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Cite this Entry

“Caprylic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caprylic%20acid. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

caprylic acid

noun
ca·​pryl·​ic acid kə-ˌpril-ik- How to pronounce caprylic acid (audio)
: a fatty acid C8H16O2 of rancid odor occurring in fats and oils and used in perfumes

called also octanoic acid

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