noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.
a colorless, oily, water-soluble liquid, C3H6O2, having a pungent odor: used in making bread-mold-inhibiting propionates, in perfumery, and in medicine as a topical fungicide.
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Also propanoic acid.
Also called methylacetic acid.
Origin of propionic acid
First recorded in 1850–55
Words nearby propionic acid
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British Dictionary definitions for propionic acid
/ (ˌprəʊpɪˈɒnɪk) /
the former name for propanoic acid
Word Origin for propionic acid
C19: from Greek pro- first + pionic from piōn fat, because it is first in order of the fatty acids
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Medical definitions for propionic acid
[ prō′pē-ŏn′ĭk ]
A fatty acid found naturally in sweat and as a product of bacterial fermentation, used as a mold inhibitor in bread.propanoic acid
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Scientific definitions for propionic acid
[ prō′pē-ŏn′ĭk ]
A liquid fatty acid found naturally in sweat and milk products and as a product of bacterial fermentation. It is also prepared synthetically from ethanol and carbon monoxide, and is used chiefly in the form of its propionates as a mold inhibitor in bread and as an ingredient in perfume. Chemical formula: C3H6O2.
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