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caprylic acid

Syllabification: ca·pryl·ic ac·id
Pronunciation: /kəˌprilik ˈasəd
 
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Definition of caprylic acid in English:

noun

Chemistry
A liquid fatty acid present in butter and other fats.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

caprylate

1
Pronunciation: /ˈkaprəˌlāt/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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