behenic acid


noun Chemistry.

a crystalline, saturated fatty acid, C22H44O2, obtained from plant sources, used chiefly in the manufacture of cosmetics, waxes, and plasticizers.

Nearby words

  1. behaviourism,
  2. behead,
  3. beheld,
  4. behemoth,
  5. behenic,
  6. behest,
  7. behind,
  8. behind bars,
  9. behind closed doors,
  10. behind in

Origin of behenic acid

First recorded in 1870–75

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