propiolic acid

pro·​pi·​olic acid | \ ¦prōpē¦ōlik-, -¦älik- \

Definition of propiolic acid

: a pungent liquid acetylenic acid HC≡CCOOH made by carbonation of sodium acetylide that forms not only salts but also metallic derivatives like those of acetylene

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History and Etymology for propiolic acid

propiolic International Scientific Vocabulary propionic (in propionic acid) + -ol- (probably from sterolic acid) + -ic; probably from the fact that the relation of propiolic acid to propionic acid is analogous to that of stearolic acid to stearic acid

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“Propiolic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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