- 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.
Origin of lauric acid
First recorded in 1870–75
Also called dodecanoic acid.
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- another name for dodecanoic acid
Word Origin for lauric acid
C19: from Latin laurus laurel; from its occurrence in the berries of the laurel (Laurus nobilis)
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- A fatty acid occurring in laurel, coconut, and palm oils.
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- 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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