caprylic acid


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.

Origin of caprylic acid

First recorded in 1835–45
Also called octanoic acid. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for caprylic acid

caprylic acid

[ kə-prĭlĭk, kă- ]


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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