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noun Chemistry.
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
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British Dictionary definitions for valeric acid

valeric acid

noun
another name for pentanoic acid
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Scientific definitions for valeric acid

valeric acid
[ və-lîrĭk, -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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