capric acid

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capric acid

/cap·ric ac·id/ (kap´rik) a saturated ten-carbon fatty acid, occurring as a minor constituent in many fats and oils.

capric acid (CH3[CH2]8COOH)

Etymology: L, caper, goat
a white crystalline carboxylic acid with a rancid odor, occurring as a glyceride in natural oils. Capric acid is used in the production of perfumes, flavors, wetting agents, and food additives. Also called decanoic acid.

capric acid, n-capric acid

a 10-carbon fatty acid that occurs in butter. Called also decanoic acid.