Definition of caproic acid in US English:

caproic acid


  • A liquid fatty acid present in milk fat and coconut and palm oils.

    Alternative name: hexanoic acid; chemical formula: CH₃(CH₂)₄COOH

    • ‘The thiourea group that links the chromophore to the caproic acid is shown to modulate the emission properties of the FITC-ACA.’
    • ‘Antifibrinolytic agents such as aprotinin and epsilon amino caproic acid have been used to reduce blood loss after cardiac surgery in children.’
    • ‘To achieve this, amino caproic acid was incorporated for the first time into the pollen germination medium.’


Mid 19th century: caproic from Latin caper, capr- ‘goat’ (because of its smell) + -ic.


caproic acid

/kəˌprō-ik ˈasid/