pelargonic acid[pel′är gän′ik, -gō′nik]
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a monobasic fatty acid, CHCOOH, obtained from the leaves of a pelargonium or by oxidation of oleic acid: used in lacquers, pharmaceuticals, etc.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A colorless or yellow oil, CH3(CH2)7COOH, used in the manufacture of lacquers, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. Also called nonanoic acid.
Origin: pelargon(ium) + -ic.