noun Chemistry.

a salt or ester of butyric acid.

Origin of butyrate

First recorded in 1870–75; butyr(ic acid) + -ate2
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Historical Examples of butyrate

  • Butyrate of ammonia is used for the same purpose by a number of French tanners.


    K. J. Adcock

  • Hence, butyrate of lime is the final result of the catalytic action in the process we have here recommended.

    The Art of Perfumery

    G. W. Septimus Piesse

British Dictionary definitions for butyrate



any salt or ester of butyric acid, containing the monovalent group C 3 H 7 COO- or ion C 3 H 7 COO
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butyrate in Medicine




A salt or ester of butyric acid.
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butyrate in Science



A salt or ester of butyric acid, containing the radical C3H7CO.
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