cetyl alcohol

[ seet-l ]
/ ˈsit l /
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a white, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, C16H34O, used chiefly as an emollient in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
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Also ce·tyl·ic al·cohol [si-til-ik]. /sɪˈtɪl ɪk/.
Also called ethal.

Origin of cetyl alcohol

1870–75; cet- + -yl (so called because some of its compounds are found in spermaceti)

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Scientific definitions for cetyl alcohol

cetyl alcohol
[ sētl ]

A waxy alcohol used in lubricants, detergents, cosmetics, and emulsifiers. Chemical formula: C16H34O.
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