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- adj. Of or pertaining to propionic acid or its derivatives; propanoic
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, derived from, or designating, an organic acid which is produced in the distillation of wood, in the fermentation of various organic substances, as glycerin, calcium lactate, etc., and is obtained as a colorless liquid having a sharp, pungent odor. Propionic acid is so called because it is the first or lowest member of the fatty acid series whose salts have a fatty feel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Noting an acid (C3H6O2), the third substance in the monatomic fatty series.
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