Definition of caprylic acid in English:

caprylic acid

Syllabification: ca·pryl·ic ac·id
Pronunciation: /kəˌprilik ˈasid


  • A liquid fatty acid present in butter and other fats.
    • Alternative name: n-octanoic acid; chemical formula: CH3(CH2)6COOH
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    • Some researchers believe that one of the most potent non-drug or natural yeast-fighting substances is caprylic acid, a medium-chain fatty acid derived from coconut oil.
    • Undecylenic acid has been shown to be approximately six times more effective as an antifungal than caprylic acid, and is effective in maintaining a healthy balance of intestinal and vaginal flora.
    • After the medication came high doses of vitamins and minerals, ‘healthy’ bacterial flora such as lactobacillus and nondairy acidophilus, caprylic acid, and herbs such as grapefruit seed extract and paud'arco.



Pronunciation: /ˈkaprəˌlāt/
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  • The strontium caprylate was prepared by metathesis from sodium caprylate and strontium chloride.
  • Capryl is sodium-free, resin-free, derived exclusively from calcium, magnesium and zinc caprylates.
  • It has lower concentrations of allicin and cinnamaldehyde than its sister products, Garlic Freeze Dried and Alli-Cinn but contains caprylates as the third component.


mid 19th century: from Latin caper, capr- 'goat' + -yl + -ic.

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