any of several isomeric organic acids having the formula C5H10O2, the common one being a liquid of pungent odor obtained from valerian roots: used chiefly as an intermediate in perfumery.
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Origin of valeric acid
First recorded in 1855–60
Words nearby valeric acid
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British Dictionary definitions for valeric acid
another name for pentanoic acid
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Scientific definitions for valeric acid
[ və-lîr′ĭk, -lĕr′- ]
A colorless, liquid organic acid that occurs in four isomeric forms and has a disagreeable odor. It occurs naturally in oils from certain marine animals and plants, and is used in flavorings, perfumes, plasticizers, and pharmaceuticals. Chemical formula: C5H10O2.
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