valeric acid

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valeric acid

[və′lir·ik ′as·əd]
(organic chemistry)
CH3(CH2)3COOH A combustible, toxic, colorless liquid with a penetrating aroma; soluble in water, alcohol, and ether; boils at 185°C; used to make flavors, perfumes, lubricants, plasticizers, and pharmaceuticals. Also known as valerianic acid.