caprylic acidca·prylic acid
a fatty acid, (CH)(CH)COOH, with a rancid taste: used in the synthesis of dyes, drugs, perfumes, etc.
Origin of caprylic acidcapr(ic acid) + -yl + -ic
A liquid fatty acid, C8H16O2, found in coconut oil and other fats and oils and having a rancid taste. It is used in the manufacture of dyes, perfumes, and fungicides. Also called octanoic acid.
Origin of caprylic acidcapr(ic acid) + –yl + –ic.