One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A liquid fatty acid present in milk fat and coconut and palm oils.
Alternative name: hexanoic acid; chemical formula: CH₃(CH₂)₄COOH
- ‘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.’
- ‘The thiourea group that links the chromophore to the caproic acid is shown to modulate the emission properties of the FITC-ACA.’
Mid 19th century: caproic from Latin caper, capr- ‘goat’ (because of its smell) + -ic.
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