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An oily liquid acid, C3H6O2, found naturally in sweat, in milk products, and as a product of bacterial fermentation. Prepared synthetically from ethyl alcohol and carbon monoxide, it is used chiefly in the form of its propionates as a mold inhibitor in bread and as an ingredient in perfume. Also called propanoic acid.
(Elements & Compounds) the former name for propanoic acid
[C19: from Greek pro- first + pionic from piōn fat, because it is first in order of the fatty acids]
pro′pi•on′ic ac′id(ˈproʊ piˈɒn ɪk, ˌproʊ-)
a colorless, oily, water-soluble liquid, C3H6O2, having a pungent odor: used in making bread-mold-inhibiting propionates and as a topical fungicide.
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