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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A white crystalline dicarboxylic acid, C6H11O4, that is derived from oxidation of various fats, slightly soluble in water and soluble in alcohol and acetone, and used especially in the manufacture of nylon and polyurethane foams.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A white crystalline di-carboxylic acid, C4H8(COOH)2; it has many industrial applications; when condensed with hexamethylene diamine it produces nylon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • an aliphatic dicarboxylic acid (HO.CO.(CH2)4.CO.OH), containing six carbon atoms in a linear chain. It is found in beet juice. It is used in the manufacture of synthetic plastics such as Nylon, as well as other products.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a carboxylic acid used in the manufacture of nylon

Etymologies

From Latin adeps, adip-, fat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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