Definition of methanoic acid in English:

methanoic acid


systematic chemical name for formic acid
‘The majority of methanol is used in the manufacture of methanal, with smaller amounts of methanoic acid (formic acid) and chloromethane also being manufactured.’
  • ‘In addition, the methanoic acid would be used as a feedstock to manufacture higher chemicals and polymers.’
  • ‘Condensation of methanoic acid with ethanol will produce ethyl methanoate, an ester having the odor of rum.’
  • ‘It produces a wide range of products including ethanoic acid, methanoic acid, propanoic acid and propanone.’
  • ‘When methanol is used as a starting material, methanoic acid is formed.’


methanoic acid

/ˌmeTHəˌnōik ˈasəd/ /ˌmɛθəˌnoʊɪk ˈæsəd/


Late 19th century methanoic, from methane + -oic (perhaps on the pattern of benzoic).