Active valeric acid
Valeric Va*ler"ic, a. (Chem.) Valerianic; specifically, designating any one of three metameric acids, of which the typical one (called also {inactive valeric acid}), {C4H9CO2H}, is obtained from valerian root and other sources, as a corrosive, mobile, oily liquid, having a strong acid taste, and an odor of old cheese. [1913 Webster]

{Active valeric acid}, a metameric variety which turns the plane of polarization to the right, although formed by the oxidation of a levorotatory amyl alcohol. [1913 Webster]


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