Butyric-acid definitions

A colorless organic acid, C4 H8 O2 , occurring in animal milk fats and used in disinfectants, emulsifying agents, and pharmaceuticals.
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A colorless, strong-smelling isomeric fatty acid, CH3CH2CH2COOH, found in rancid butter, perspiration, etc. and used to produce fragrances and flavors.
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A colorless organic acid, C4 H8 O2 , occurring in animal milk fats and used in disinfectants, emulsifying agents, and pharmaceuticals.
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Either of two colorless fatty acids found in butter and certain plant oils. It has an unpleasant odor and is used in emulsifying agents, disinfectants and drugs. Chemical formula: C4H8O2.
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(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.
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(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.
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Origin of butyric-acid

From Greek βούτυρος meaning "butter", from which it can be isolated