Valeric Acid Definition

və-lîrĭk, -lĕr-
Any of four isomeric fatty acids, C4H9COOH, some originally found in valerian root, but all now made synthetically: used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, flavors, perfumes, etc.
Webster's New World

Origin of Valeric Acid

  • valer(ian) (from its occurrence in the plant's root) –ic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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