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propionic acid

noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology.
a colorless, oily, water-soluble liquid, C 3 H 6 O 2 , having a pungent odor: used in making bread-mold-inhibiting propionates, in perfumery, and in medicine as a topical fungicide.
Also called methylacetic acid.
Origin of propionic acid
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
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  • propionic acid is formed at the same time as the eyes, and they are said to be the result of a propionic ferment of lactic acid.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
British Dictionary definitions for propionic acid

propionic acid

the former name for propanoic acid
Word Origin
C19: from Greek pro- first + pionic from piōn fat, because it is first in order of the fatty acids
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propionic acid in Medicine

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.

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propionic acid in Science
propionic acid
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.
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