Definition of valeric acid in US English:

valeric acid


  • another term for pentanoic acid
    • ‘Extraction of valeric acid was significantly enhanced by the presence of a carboxylic acid in the toluene extractant, or the aqueous feed, or both.’
    • ‘Independent testing laboratories generally use valeric acid content as a marker for pharmacologic activity and represent one source for reliable information to support product choice.’
    • ‘The proportions of isobutyric and valeric acid tended to increase when zinc was added to the diet.’
    • ‘Valeric acid may accumulate static charge by flow or agitation.’
    • ‘The products were analyzed for their total valeric acid content to determine if they possessed the type and amount of valerian stated on the label.’


Mid 19th century: valeric from valerian + -ic.


valeric acid

/vəˌlirik ˈasəd/