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pelargonic acid

noun, Chemistry
a colorless, oily, water-immiscible liquid, C 9 H 1 8 O 2 , occurring as an ester in a volatile oil in species of pelargonium: used chiefly in organic synthesis and in the manufacture of lacquers and plastics.
Also called nonanoic acid.
1855-60 Unabridged
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  • pelargonic acid is a fatty acid naturally occurring in many plants, animals, and foods.
  • pelargonic acid occurs as an ester in oil of pelargonium.
British Dictionary definitions for pelargonic acid

pelargonic acid

another name for nonanoic acid
Word Origin
C19: so named because it was originally derived from pelargonium leaves
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