valerolactone

noun

va·​le·​ro·​lactone
və¦li(ˌ)rō,
¦valərō+
: the lactone C5H8O2 of any hydroxy derivative of valeric acid
especially : the γ-lactone found in pyroligneous acid, made synthetically, and used chiefly as a solvent

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary valer- + lactone

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“Valerolactone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valerolactone. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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