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kəˈproʊ ɪkcaproic acid

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  1. caproic acid, hexanoic acidnoun

    a fatty acid found in animal oils and fats or made synthetically; smells like goats


  1. caproic acidnoun

    A liquid fatty acid, CH(CH)COOH, obtained from animal fats, and used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and flavours.


  1. Caproic acid

    Caproic acid, also known as hexanoic acid, is the carboxylic acid derived from hexane with the chemical formula CH3(CH2)4COOH. It is a colorless oily liquid with an odor that is fatty, cheesy, waxy, and like that of goats or other barnyard animals. It is a fatty acid found naturally in various animal fats and oils, and is one of the chemicals that gives the decomposing fleshy seed coat of the ginkgo its characteristic unpleasant odor. It is also one of the components of vanilla and cheese. The primary use of caproic acid is in the manufacture of its esters for use as artificial flavors, and in the manufacture of hexyl derivatives, such as hexylphenols. Salts and esters of caproic acid are known as caproates or hexanoates. Several progestin medications are caproate esters, such as hydroxyprogesterone caproate and gestonorone caproate. Two other acids are named after goats: caprylic acid (C8) and capric acid (C10). Along with caproic acid, they account for 15% of the fat in goat's milk. Caproic, caprylic, and capric acids (capric is a crystal- or wax-like substance, whereas the other two are mobile liquids) are not only used for the formation of esters, but also commonly used "neat" in: butter, milk, cream, strawberry, bread, beer, nut, and other flavors.


  1. caproic acid

    Caproic acid, also known as hexanoic acid, is a saturated medium-chain fatty acid with a 6-carbon backbone. It is found naturally in various plant and animal sources, including palm kernel oil, coconut oil, butter, and various types of cheese. Its primary uses are in the production of esters for artificial flavors and in the manufacture of certain types of perfumes and dyes. It has a somewhat unpleasant, rancid odor. In its pure form, caproic acid is a colorless liquid that is slightly soluble in water.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caproic acid in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caproic acid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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