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caproic acid

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  1. 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.
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Origin of caproic acid

First recorded in 1830–40; alteration of capric acid
Also called hexanoic acid.
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British Dictionary definitions for caproic acid

caproic acid

  1. another name for hexanoic acid
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Word Origin

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

caproic acid

(kə-prōĭk, kă-)
  1. A liquid fatty acid found in animal fats and oils or synthesized and used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.
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