cetyl

n.

univalent alcohol radical found in spermaceti, beeswax, etc., 1842, from Latin cetus "whale" (see Cetacea) + -yl.

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Historical Examples of cetyl

  • It is a combination of palmitic acid and a peculiar hydrocarbon, called (after the whale) "cetyl," and easily forms pure crystals.

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    Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester


cetyl in Medicine

cetyl

[sētl]
n.
  1. The univalent radical C16H33 occurring in compounds found in waxes.
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