propionic acid

noun
pro·​pi·​on·​ic acid | \ ˌprō-pē-ˈä-nik- How to pronounce propionic acid (audio) \

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

Examples of propionic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stewart Adams and his associate John Nicholson invented a pharmaceutical drug known as 2-(4-isobutylphenyl) propionic acid. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 June 2020 Dow Industrial Solutions is expanding its propionic acid facility in Texas City. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of propionic acid

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for propionic acid

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

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“Propionic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/propionic%20acid. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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propionic acid

noun
pro·​pi·​on·​ic acid | \ ˌprō-pē-ˌän-ik- How to pronounce propionic acid (audio) \

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

More from Merriam-Webster on propionic acid

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