Caproic acid
Capric Cap"ric, a. [L. caper goat.] (Chem.) Of or pertaining to capric acid or its derivatives. [1913 Webster]

{Capric acid} (also called {decanoic acid}), {C9H19.CO.OH}, {Caprylic acid} (also called {octanoic acid}), {C7H15.CO2.H}, and {Caproic acid} (also called {hexanoic acid}), {C5H11.CO2.H}, are fatty acids occurring in small quantities in butter, cocoanut oil, etc., united with glycerin; they are colorless oils, or white crystalline solids, of an unpleasant odor like that of goats or sweat. [1913 Webster] ||


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • caproic acid — [kə prō′ik] n. [capro (for L caper, goat: see CAPRIOLE) + IC: so named from its smell] a colorless, liquid fatty acid, CH3 (CH2) 4COOH, found in butter and other animal fats and used in the manufacture of esters …   English World dictionary

  • caproic acid — heksano rūgštis statusas T sritis chemija formulė H(CH₂)₅COOH atitikmenys: angl. caproic acid; hexanoic acid rus. гексановая кислота; капроновая кислота …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • caproic acid — ca·pro·ic acid kə .prō ik n a liquid fatty acid C6H12O2 that is found as a glycerol ester in fats and oils or made synthetically and used in pharmaceuticals and flavors called also hexanoic acid * * * ca·pro·ic ac·id (kə proґik) a saturated… …   Medical dictionary

  • caproic acid — noun a fatty acid found in animal oils and fats or made synthetically; smells like goats • Syn: ↑hexanoic acid • Hypernyms: ↑saturated fatty acid …   Useful english dictionary

  • caproic acid — /keuh proh ik/ an oily, colorless or yellow liquid, C6H12O2, with an odor like limburger cheese, usually obtained from fatty animal tissue or coconut oil, or synthesized: used chiefly in the manufacture of flavoring agents. Also called hexanoic… …   Universalium

  • caproic acid — noun A liquid fatty acid, CH(CH)COOH, obtained from animal fats, and used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and flavours. Syn: hexanoic acid …   Wiktionary

  • caproic acid — /kəˌproʊɪk ˈæsəd/ (say kuh.prohik asuhd) noun an organic acid, hexanoic acid, CH3(CH2)4COOH, used to make artificial flavouring agents. {capr (combining form representing Latin caper goat) + oic; so called from its smell} …   Australian English dictionary

  • caproic acid — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin capr , caper Date: 1830 a liquid fatty acid C6H12O2 that is found as a glycerol ester in fats and oils or made synthetically and used in pharmaceuticals and flavorings …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • caproic acid — [kə prəʊɪk] noun Chemistry a liquid fatty acid present in milk fat and coconut and palm oils. Origin C19: from L. caper, capr goat (because of its smell) + ic …   English new terms dictionary

  • caproic acid — ca•pro′ic ac′id [[t]kəˈproʊ ɪk[/t]] n. chem. an oily, odoriferous liquid, C6H12O2, used esp. to make flavoring agents • Etymology: 1830–40; alter. of capric acid …   From formal English to slang

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