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lauryl alcohol

[ lawr-il, lor- ]
/ ˈlɔr ɪl, ˈlɒr- /
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noun Chemistry.
a compound that, depending upon purity, is either a crystalline solid or colorless liquid, C12H26O, obtained by the reduction of fatty acids of coconut oil: used chiefly in the manufacture of synthetic detergents.
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Origin of lauryl alcohol

First recorded in 1920–25; laur(ic) + -yl
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British Dictionary definitions for lauryl alcohol

lauryl alcohol
/ (ˈlɔːrɪl, ˈlɒ-) /

noun
a water-insoluble crystalline solid used in the manufacture of detergents; 1-dodecanol. Formula: CH 3 (CH 2) 10 CH 2 OH

Word Origin for lauryl alcohol

C20: from laur (ic acid) + -yl
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Scientific definitions for lauryl alcohol

lauryl alcohol
[ lôrəl ]

A colorless solid alcohol used in synthetic detergents and pharmaceuticals. Chemical formula: C12H26O.
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