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Hexanoic acid

Hexanoic acid
IUPAC name hexanoic acid
CAS number 142-62-1
PubChem 8892
Molecular formula C6H12O2
Molar mass 116.15828
Density 0.920 g/cm3
Melting point

-3 °C

Boiling point

202-203 °C

Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Infobox disclaimer and references

Hexanoic acid (common name caproic acid), is the carboxylic acid derived from hexane with the general formula C5H11COOH. It is a colorless oily liquid with an odor reminiscent of goats or other barnyard animals. It is a fatty acid found naturally in various animal fats and oils, and is one of the chemicals that gives the decomposing fleshy seed coat of the ginkgo its characteristic unpleasant odor.[1]

The salts and esters of this acid are known as hexanoates or caproates.


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