adipic acid

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a·dip·ic acid

A white crystalline dicarboxylic acid, C6H10O4, derived from oxidation of various fats, slightly soluble in water and soluble in alcohol and acetone, and used especially in the manufacture of nylon and polyurethane foams.

[From Latin adeps, adip-, fat.]

adipic acid

(Elements & Compounds) a colourless crystalline solid used in the preparation of nylon. Formula: HOOC(CH2)4COOH
[C19: from New Latin adiposus fat + -ic]

a•dip′ic ac′id

(əˈdɪp ɪk)
a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C6H10O4, used chiefly in the synthesis of nylon.
[1875–90; < Latin adip- (see adipo-) + -ic (the acid was obtained by oxidation of fats)]
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Noun1.adipic acid - a carboxylic acid used in the manufacture of nylon
carboxylic acid - an organic acid characterized by one or more carboxyl groups
acido adipico