propionic acid

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Coined by the French chemist Jean-Baptiste Dumas, from the Ancient Greek protos ("first") and pion ("fat"), because it was the smallest carboxylic acid that exhibited the properties of the other fatty acids, such as producing an oily layer when salted out of water and having a soapy potassium salt.


propionic acid (uncountable)

  1. (organic chemistry) The compound with the formula CH3CH2COOH, a naturally occurring carboxylic acid with a pungent odor.


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