valeric acid

noun
va·​le·​ric acid | \ və-ˈlir-ik- How to pronounce valeric acid (audio) , -ˈler- How to pronounce valeric acid (audio) \

Definition of valeric acid

: any of four isomeric fatty acids C5H10O2 or a mixture of these especially : a liquid acid of disagreeable odor obtained from valerian or made synthetically and used especially in organic synthesis

First Known Use of valeric acid

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for valeric acid

valer(ian) + -ic entry 1 (after French acide valérique); from its occurrence in the root of valerian

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“Valeric acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valeric%20acid. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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valeric acid

noun
va·​le·​ric acid | \ və-ˌlir-ik- How to pronounce valeric acid (audio) \
variants: also valerianic acid \ və-​ˌlir-​ē-​ˌan-​ik-​ How to pronounce valeric acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of valeric acid

: any of four isomeric fatty acids C5H10O2 or a mixture of two or more of them:
a : a liquid normal acid that has a disagreeable odor and that is used in organic synthesis

called also pentanoic acid

c : a liquid acid existing in three optically isomeric forms and occurring usually in the dextrorotatory form in a few essential oils

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