Definition of adipic acid in English:

adipic acid

Syllabification: a·dip·ic ac·id
Pronunciation: /əˌdipik ˈasid


  • A crystalline fatty acid obtained from natural fats and used especially in the manufacture of nylon.
    • Alternative name: hexanedioic acid; chemical formula: HOOC(CH2)4COOH
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    • The last step of adipic acid synthesis involves nitric acid oxidation, resulting in the formation of nitrous oxide as a byproduct.
    • W. H. Carothers of E. I. DuPont de Nemours first produced nylon in 1931 from hexamethylenediamine and adipic acid, a six-carbon amine and a six-carbon acid.
    • When adipic acid is manufactured from petroleum, huge amounts of ozone depleting nitrous oxide, N 2 O, are produced.



Pronunciation: /ˈadəˌpāt/
More example sentences
  • It is also widely employed in food contact applications along with di - 2-ethylhexyl adipate.
  • The plasticizer used in the production of PET is actually diethylhexyl adipate.


mid 19th century: from Latin adeps, adip- 'fat' (because the acid was first prepared by oxidizing fats) + -ic.

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