Definition of caproic acid in English:

caproic acid

Syllabification: ca·pro·ic ac·id
Pronunciation: /kəˌprō-ik ˈasid


  • A liquid fatty acid present in milk fat and coconut and palm oils.
    • Alternative name: hexanoic acid; chemical formula: CH3(CH2)4COOH
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    • Antifibrinolytic agents such as aprotinin and epsilon amino caproic acid have been used to reduce blood loss after cardiac surgery in children.
    • To achieve this, amino caproic acid was incorporated for the first time into the pollen germination medium.
    • The thiourea group that links the chromophore to the caproic acid is shown to modulate the emission properties of the FITC-ACA.


mid 19th century: caproic from Latin caper, capr- 'goat' (because of its smell) + -ic.

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