caproic acid

[ kuh-proh-ik ]
/ kəˈproʊ ɪk /


an oily, colorless or yellow liquid, C6H12O2, with an odor like limburger cheese, usually obtained from fatty animal tissue or coconut oil, or synthesized: used chiefly in the manufacture of flavoring agents.

Origin of caproic acid

First recorded in 1830–40; alteration of capric acid
Also called hexanoic acid. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for caproic acid

caproic acid

/ (kəˈprəʊɪk) /


another name for hexanoic acid

Word Origin for caproic acid

C19: caproic, from Latin caper goat, alluding to its smell
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Medicine definitions for caproic acid

caproic acid

[ kə-prōĭk, kă- ]


A liquid fatty acid found in animal fats and oils or synthesized and used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.
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