adipic acid


noun Chemistry.

a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C6H10O4, used chiefly in the synthesis of nylon.

Origin of adipic acid

Also called hexanedioic acid. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for adipic acid

adipic acid


a colourless crystalline solid used in the preparation of nylon. Formula: HOOC(CH 2) 4 COOH

Word Origin for adipic acid

C19: from New Latin adiposus fat + -ic
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