Definition of butanoic acid in US English:

butanoic acid


  • systematic chemical name for butyric acid
    • ‘Butanoic acid dissolves in water, and is weak acid, because its dissociation is only partial’
    • ‘He devised a two-step synthesis for the compound 4 - (4-hydroxy-phenyl) butanoic acid, an intermediate for a drug that Lilly is developing.’
    • ‘Dimethylol butanoic acid (DMBA) contains two kinds of functional groups in one molecule.’


butanoic acid

/ˌbyo͞odəˌnōik ˈasəd/