Caprylic acid is the common name for the eight-carbon saturated fatty acid known by the systematic name octanoic acid. Its compounds are found naturally in the milk of various mammals, and as a minor constituent of coconut oil and palm kernel oil. It is an oily liquid that is minimally soluble in water with a slightly unpleasant rancid-like smell and taste.Two other acids are named after goats via the Latin word capra: caproic acid (C6) and capric acid (C10). Along with caprylic acid (C8) these total 15% in goat milk fat.

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