Definition of methanoic acid in English:

methanoic acid

Syllabification: meth·a·no·ic ac·id
Pronunciation: /ˌmeTHəˌnōik ˈasid
 
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noun

  • systematic chemical name for formic acid.
    More example sentences
    • The majority of methanol is used in the manufacture of methanal, with smaller amounts of methanoic acid (formic acid) and chloromethane also being manufactured.
    • In addition, the methanoic acid would be used as a feedstock to manufacture higher chemicals and polymers.
    • Condensation of methanoic acid with ethanol will produce ethyl methanoate, an ester having the odor of rum.

Origin

late 19th century: methanoic, from methane + -oic (perhaps on the pattern of benzoic).

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