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margaric acid

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noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, crystalline, water-insoluble, fatty acid, C17H34O2, resembling stearic acid, obtained from lichens or synthetically.

Origin of margaric acid

1810–20; < Greek márgar(on) pearl (probably back formation from margarī́tēs; see margarite) + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for margaric acid

margaric acid

noun
  1. another name for heptadecanoic acid
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