caproic acidca·proic acid
a colorless, liquid fatty acid, CH(CH)COOH, found in butter and other animal fats and used in the manufacture of esters
Origin of caproic acidcapro- (for Classical Latin caper, goat: see capriole) + -ic: so named from its smell
An odorous liquid fatty acid, C6H12O2, found in milk fat and plant oils or synthesized and used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and flavorings. Also called hexanoic acid.
Origin of caproic acidFrom Latin caper, capr-, goat (from the acid's goatlike smell).