valeric acid

noun va·le·ric acid \ və-ˈlir-ik- , -ˈler- \

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

Origin and Etymology of valeric acid

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


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valeric acid

noun va·le·ric acid \ və-ˌlir-ik- \
variants: also valerianic acid play \və-ˌlir-ē-ˌan-ik-\

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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