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propionic

[proh-pee-on-ik, -oh-nik] /ˌproʊ piˈɒn ɪk, -ˈoʊ nɪk/
adjective, Chemistry.
1.
of or derived from propionic acid.
Origin of propionic
1840-1850
1840-50; pro-2 + Greek pion- (stem of píōn) fat + -ic
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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
  • This propionic bacterium cannot, however, account for all the carbon dioxide produced.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • The distillate "B" may contain formic, acetic, propionic, butyric and benzoic acids.

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