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Butyric Acid



Butyric Acid (aka Butanoic Acid) is a saturated fatty acid found naturally in butter, and is normally bound up in glycerides.

When Butyric Acid is freed up in butter, it's what causes the rancid smell. It is also present in vomit, Gingko fruit and foot sweat.

It's formula is CH3CH2CH2-COOH.



Language Notes

The word comes from the Latin word for butter, butyrum.

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Also called:

Butanoic Acid

Citation

Oulton, Randal. "Butyric Acid." CooksInfo.com. Published 10 February 2007; revised 07 November 2007. Web. Accessed 12/17/2017. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/butyric-acid>.

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