valeric-acid

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.

Origin:
1855–60

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valeric acid
 
n
another name for pentanoic acid

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valeric acid   (və-lîr'ĭk, -lěr'-)  Pronunciation Key 
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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