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caprylic acid

  1. an oily organic acid, C8H16O2, with an unpleasant odor found as a glyceride in goat and other animal fats, and used in perfumes and dyes.
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Origin of caprylic acid

First recorded in 1835–45
Also called octanoic acid.
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caprylic acid in Medicine

caprylic acid

(kə-prĭlĭk, kă-)
  1. A liquid fatty acid found in butter and other fats and oils and having a rancid taste; used in the manufacture of dyes.
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