Heptanoic acid, also called enanthic acid, is an organic compound composed of a seven – carbon chain terminating in a carboxylic acid.
It is an oily liquid with an unpleasant, rancid odor. It contributes to the odor of some rancid oils. It is slightly soluble in water, but very soluble in ethanol and ether.
Heptanoic acid has a disagreeable rancid odor. The spectroscopically pure acid exhibits a faint tallow-like odor. Heptanoic acid may be prepared by oxidation of heptaldehyde with potassium permanganate in diluted sulfuric acid.