butanoic acid


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bu·ta·no·ic ac·id

(byū'tă-nō'ik as'id),
Systematic name for normal n-butyric acid.

butanoic acid

(byo͞o′tə-nō′ĭk)

butanoic acid

butyric acid

Chemistry
An oily carboxylic acid which smells like rancid butter, has an acrid taste and a sweetish aftertaste, like ether. It is present in rancid butter, parmesan cheese and vomit, and is produced in anaerobic fermentation by bacteria in the colon and axilla (resulting in body odour). It is used as a flavourant, perfume additive and cattle-feed supplement.

Fringe oncology
It is believed to have anticarcinogenic activity, especially the derivative, sodium butyrate.
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Effects of liquid DL-2-hydroxy-4-methylthio butanoic acid on growth performance and immune responses in broiler chickens.
Conversion of the methionine hydroxy analogue DL-2-hydroxy-(4-methylthio) butanoic acid to sulfur-containing amino acids in the chicken small intestine.
2], butanal, butenal, acetic acid, butanoic acid, and butanol are the major products of thermal oxidative degradation of PVB.
2) Chelate of one Cu atom coordinated with 2 molecules of 2-hydroxy-4-methylthio butanoic acid (HMTBa).
1) Antibiotic treatment was fed 200 ppm chloretetracycline (Jinghe Group, Inner Mongolia, China) and 60 ppm lincospectin (Pfizer Animal Health, NJ, USA); Potassium diformate was supplied by Tiaozhan group, Beijing, China; ASD: ACTIVATE Starter DA was a dry organic acid blend composed of calcium salt of 2-hydroxy-4-(methylthio) butanoic acid, fumaric acid, benzoic acid, and carrier with 31% L-met activity (supplied by Novus International, Inc.
Acidogenesis, when the obtained in the first stage components are decomposed by the acidogenic bacteria into other organic (acetic, propionic, butanoic acids, alcohols and aldehydes) and inorganic materials ([H.