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noun Chemistry.
either of two isomeric acids having the formula C4H8O2, especially a rancid liquid occurring chiefly in spoiled butter, whose esters are used as flavorings.
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Also called butanoic acid.

Origin of butyric acid

First recorded in 1820–30
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British Dictionary definitions for butyric acid

butyric acid
/ (bjuːˈtɪrɪk) /

noun
a carboxylic acid existing in two isomeric forms, one of which produces the smell in rancid butter. Its esters are used in flavouring. Formula: C 3 (CH 2) 2 COOH

Word Origin for butyric acid

C19 butyric, from Latin būtyrum butter
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Medical definitions for butyric acid

butyric acid
[ byōō-tîrĭk ]

n.
Either of two colorless isomeric acids occurring in animal milk fats and used in disinfectants, emulsifying agents, and pharmaceuticals.butanoic acid
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Scientific definitions for butyric acid

butyric acid
[ byōō-tîrĭk ]

Either of two colorless fatty acids found in butter and certain plant oils. It has an unpleasant odor and is used in emulsifying agents, disinfectants and drugs. Chemical formula: C4H8O2.
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