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behenic acid

noun, Chemistry.
1.
a crystalline, saturated fatty acid, C 22 H 44 O 2 , obtained from plant sources, used chiefly in the manufacture of cosmetics, waxes, and plasticizers.
Origin of behenic acid
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75
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