a white, crystalline, water-insoluble powder, C12H24O2, a fatty acid occurring as the glyceride in many vegetable fats, especially coconut oil and laurel oil: used chiefly in the manufacture of soaps, detergents, cosmetics, and lauryl alcohol.
- Also called dodecanoic acid.
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How to use lauric acid in a sentence
Laurin (Trilaurin) may be prepared synthetically from glycerol and lauric acid.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture | W. H. Simmons
British Dictionary definitions for lauric acid
another name for dodecanoic acid
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Scientific definitions for lauric acid
A saturated fatty acid obtained chiefly from coconut and laurel oils and used in making soaps, cosmetics, esters, and lauryl alcohol. It is combustible and forms colorless needles that have waxy odor and taste. Chemical formula: C12H24O2.
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