[ sēt′l ]
The univalent radical C16H33 occurring in compounds found in waxes.
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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