Definition of valeric acid in English:

valeric acid

Pronunciation /vəˌlerik ˈasəd/ /vəˌlɛrɪk ˈæsəd/ /vəˌlirik ˈasəd/ /vəˌlɪrɪk ˈæsəd/


another term for pentanoic acid
‘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.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘Extraction of valeric acid was significantly enhanced by the presence of a carboxylic acid in the toluene extractant, or the aqueous feed, or both.’
  • ‘Valeric acid may accumulate static charge by flow or agitation.’


Mid 19th century valeric from valerian+ -ic.