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ca·pro·ic acid(kə-prō′ĭk, kă-)
An odorous liquid fatty acid, C6H12O2, found in milk fat and plant oils or synthesized and used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and flavorings. Also called hexanoic acid.
[From Latin caper, capr-, goat (from the acid's goatlike smell).]
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(Elements & Compounds) another name for hexanoic acid
[C19: caproic, from Latin caper goat, alluding to its smell]
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ca•pro′ic ac′id(kəˈproʊ ɪk)
an oily, odoriferous liquid, C6H12O2, used esp. to make flavoring agents.
[1830–40; alter. of capric acid]
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|Noun||1.||caproic acid - a fatty acid found in animal oils and fats or made synthetically; smells like goats|
saturated fatty acid - a fatty acid whose carbon chain cannot absorb any more hydrogen atoms; found chiefly in animal fats
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