: 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


International Scientific Vocabulary valer- + lactone

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“Valerolactone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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