propionic acid

noun pro·pi·on·ic acid \ ˌprō-pē-ˈä-nik- \

Definition of propionic acid

: a liquid sharp-odored fatty acid C3H6O2 found in milk and distillates of wood, coal, and petroleum and used especially as a mold inhibitor and flavoring agent

Origin and Etymology of propionic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary 1pro- + Greek piōn fat; akin to Sanskrit pīvan swelling, fat


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propionic acid

noun pro·pi·on·ic acid \ ˌprō-pē-ˌän-ik- \

medical Definition of propionic acid

: a liquid sharp-odored fatty acid C3H6O2 found in milk and distillates of wood, coal, and petroleum called also propanoic acid

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