myristic acid

[ muh-ris-tik ]
/ məˈrɪs tɪk /

noun Chemistry.

an oily, white crystalline compound, C14H28O2, insoluble in water, soluble in alcohol and ether: used in soaps, cosmetics, and in the synthesis of esters for flavors and perfumes.

Nearby words

  1. myringodectomy,
  2. myringoplasty,
  3. myringostapediopexy,
  4. myringotomy,
  5. myrinx,
  6. myrmecia,
  7. myrmeco-,
  8. myrmecochory,
  9. myrmecology,
  10. myrmecophagous

Origin of myristic acid

1840–50; < New Latin Myristica the nutmeg genus (the acid is a constituent of oil derived from nutmeg and related plants) < Greek myristikḗ, feminine of myristikós fragrant, akin to mýron perfume, unguent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019