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caproic acid

[kuh-proh-ik] /kəˈproʊ ɪk/
an oily, colorless or yellow liquid, C 6 H 12 O 2 , with an odor like limburger cheese, usually obtained from fatty animal tissue or coconut oil, or synthesized: used chiefly in the manufacture of flavoring agents.
Also called hexanoic acid.
Origin of caproic acid
1830-40; alteration of capric acid Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for caproic-acid

caproic acid

another name for hexanoic acid
Word Origin
C19: caproic, from Latin caper goat, alluding to its smell
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caproic-acid in Medicine

caproic acid ca·pro·ic acid (kə-prō'ĭk, kā-)
A liquid fatty acid found in animal fats and oils or synthesized and used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.

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