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valeric acid

noun, Chemistry.
any of several isomeric organic acids having the formula C 5 H 10 O 2 , the common one being a liquid of pungent odor obtained from valerian roots: used chiefly as an intermediate in perfumery.
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1855-60 Unabridged
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valeric acid

another name for pentanoic acid
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valeric acid
  (və-lîr'ĭk, -lěr'-)   
A colorless, liquid organic acid that occurs in four isomeric forms and has a disagreeable odor. It occurs naturally in oils from certain marine animals and plants, and is used in flavorings, perfumes, plasticizers, and pharmaceuticals. Chemical formula: C5H10O2.
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