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Definition of the noun adipic acid

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  1. a carboxylic acid used in the manufacture of nylon

Alternative definition of the noun adipic acid


  1. [organic compound] A white crystalline di-carboxylic acid, C4H8(COOH)2; it has many industrial applications; when condensed with hexamethylene diamine it produces nylon.


Adipic acid is the organic compound with the formula₄₂. From an industrial perspective, it is the most important dicarboxylic acid: About 2.5 billion kilograms of this white crystalline powder are produced annually, mainly as a precursor for the production of nylon. Adipic acid otherwise rarely occurs in nature.

  • also known as Adilactetten, Acifloctin, Acinetten, Adipinic acid, Hexanedioic acid, Adipate, Hexanedioate, Adipinate, Kyselina adipova, Molten adipic acid, Molten adipate

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Google previewFood Additive Toxicology (1994)

by Maga

AdipicAcid From a commercial viewpoint, adipic acid is the most important of all the aliphatic dicarboxylic acids, with a worldwide annual production of over 2 million metric tons. Its primary use is in the manufacture of nylon-6,6, the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1977)

Volume 2 - Additives to Alpha by John J. McKetta Jr

Adipic acid decomposes by decarboxylation to cyclopentanone and carbon dioxide. This decomposition is catalyzed by the presence of metal impurities. Even with highly purified adipic acid some decomposition is apparent at the melting point ...

Google previewDictionary of Environmentally Important Chemicals (1997)

by David C. Ayres, Desmond G. Hellier

The route to adipic acid depends upon the pre-oxidation of cyclohexane to cyclo- hexanol/cyclohexanone with air/Co acetate at 150° followed by oxidative cleavage with nitric acid. Cyclohexanone affords caprolactam by oxidation followed by ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microbiology (2009)

Adipic acid consumption is linked almost 90% to nylon (nylon-6.6) production by the polycondensation with 1,6-hexamethylenediamine. Adipic acid is used in manufacturing plasticizers, lubricant components, and polyester polyols for ...

Google previewWatts' Dictionary of Chemistry (1912)

by Henry Watts, Henry Forster Morley, Matthew Moncrieff Pattison Muir

Reduced by sodium-amalgam to adipic acid ...

Google previewA Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients (2010)

Complete Information About the Harmful and Desirable Ingredients in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals by Ruth Winter

See Maidenhair Fern Extract ADIPIC ACID • Hexanedoic Acid. Colorless, needlelike formations, fairly insoluble in water; found in beets. A buffering and neutralizing ...

Google previewIFIS Dictionary of Food Science and Technology (2009)

by International Food Information Service

Adipic acid Synonym for hexanedioic acid. Used in acidulants, antimicrobial preservatives or starch- modifying agents. Adipic acid esters are used as plasticizers in plastics. Adipocytes Cells found ...

Google previewFoods & Nutrition Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition (1993)

by Marion Eugene Ensminger, Audrey H. Ensminger

Adipic acid СеН.оОд pH control Buffer and neutralizing agent; use in confectionery; GRAS additive. Ammonium alginate Polysaccharide Stabilizer and thickener; texturizer Extracted from seaweed. Widespread food use; GRAS additive.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Chemical Electrode Potentials (2012)

by Marvin Antelman

Н Adipic AcidAdipic Acid -0.26 н Glutaric Acid -e Glutaric Acid -o.26 2н р-sulfonphenol“ —2е p-Sulfonphenol -0.25 н Succinic Acid ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fifth Edition, Volumes One and Two (2006)

by James R. Pfafflin, Edward N. Ziegler

Adipic Acid, COOH (CH2)4 COOH, is a dibasic acid used in the manufacture of synthetic fibers. Adipic acid is produced by the oxidation of cyclohexane by air over a catalyst and then purified by crystallization. The manufacture of ammonia ...

Google previewPharmaceutical Manufacturing Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (2013)

by William Andrew Publishing

has ceased, the precipitated crude adipic acid di-(3-carboxy-2,4,6-triiodo anilide) of the above formula is filtered hot with suction, washed with chlorobenzene, extracted by boiling with ...

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