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[pal-mit-ik, pahl-, pah-mit-] /pælˈmɪt ɪk, pɑl-, pɑˈmɪt-/
adjective, Chemistry.
of or derived from palmitic acid.
Origin of palmitic
From the French word palmitique, dating back to 1855-60. See palm2, -ite1, -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They all consist of acids (stearic, palmitic, &c.) united with glycerine.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual Charles Alexander Cameron
  • The first on examination proved to be a mixture of palmitic and stearic acids existing uncombined in the wool oil.

  • The oleic acid, being liquid at ordinary temperature, together with some stearic and palmitic acid, is thus pressed out.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
  • Likewise the melting point of stearic acid is lowered by the addition of a small amount of palmitic acid.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
  • It is a combination of palmitic acid and a peculiar hydrocarbon, called (after the whale) "cetyl," and easily forms pure crystals.

    More Science From an Easy Chair

    Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
  • In certain lupine seeds, the fatty acids present in the lecithin appear to be palmitic and stearic.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
  • Ordinary fats consist principally of derivatives of palmitic and stearic acids.

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