|propionic acid (ˌprəʊpɪˈɒnɪk)|
|the former name for propanoic acid|
|[C19: from Greek pro- first + pionic from piōn fat, because it is first in order of the fatty acids]|
propionic acid pro·pi·on·ic acid (prō'pē-ŏn'ĭk)
A fatty acid found naturally in sweat and as a product of bacterial fermentation, used as a mold inhibitor in bread. Also called propanoic acid.
|propionic acid (prō'pē-ŏn'ĭk) Pronunciation Key
A liquid fatty acid found naturally in sweat and milk products and as a product of bacterial fermentation. It is also prepared synthetically from ethanol and carbon monoxide, and is used chiefly in the form of its propionates as a mold inhibitor in bread and as an ingredient in perfume. Chemical formula: C3H6O2.