butyric acidbutyric acid
a colorless, strong-smelling isomeric fatty acid, CHCHCHCOOH, found in rancid butter, perspiration, etc. and used to produce fragrances and flavors
A colorless organic acid, C4H8O2, occurring in animal milk fats and used in disinfectants, emulsifying agents, and pharmaceuticals. Also called butanoic acid.
(plural butyric acids)
- (organic chemistry) Either of the two isomeric carboxylic acids, normal butyric acid and isobutyric acid, with the chemical formula C3H7COOH, occurring in animal milk fat.
- (organic chemistry) Solely the straight chain isomer of the above, normal butyric acid or n-butyric acid, CH3(CH2)2COOH, a short chain fatty acid; its glyceride is one of the principle components of the flavour of butter.
From Greek βούτυρος meaning "butter", from which it can be isolated