Definition of pentanoic acid in English:

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pentanoic acid

Pronunciation: /ˌpen(t)əˌnōik ˈasəd/

noun

Chemistry
A colorless liquid fatty acid present in various plant oils, used in making perfumes.
  • Chemical formula: CH3(CH2)3COOH
Example sentences
  • Pentanoic acid, or valeric acid, is also known for its odor and in fact is used for flavorings and perfumes.

Origin

1920s: pentanoic from pentane.

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