valproic acid


noun Pharmacology.

a carboxylic acid, C8H16O2, used for its antiepileptic properties in the treatment of various seizures including petit mal.

Origin of valproic acid

First recorded in 1970–75; val(eric) + pro(pyl) + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for valproic acid

valproic acid


a synthetic crystalline compound, used as an anticonvulsive to treat seizure disorders. Formula C 7 H 15 COOH
Derived Formsvalproate, noun

Word Origin for valproic acid

C20: from val(erian) + pro(pyl) + -ic
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Medicine definitions for valproic acid

valproic acid



An anticonvulsive drug used to treat seizure disorders.
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