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noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, liquid ester present in butter, formed from glycerin and butyric acid.
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Origin of butyrin

First recorded in 1820–30; butyr(ic) + (glycer)in
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Historical Examples of butyrin

  • Oleomargarine differs from butter mainly in the fact that a smaller amount of butyrin is present.

    An Elementary Study of Chemistry

    William McPherson

  • The flavor of the fat is due to the presence of a small amount of butyrin, which is an ethereal salt of butyric acid.

British Dictionary definitions for butyrin


  1. a colourless liquid ester or oil found in butter. It is formed from butyric acid and glycerine
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Word Origin for butyrin

C20: from butyr (ic acid + glycer) in (e)
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