[pal-mit-ik, pahl-, pah-mit-]

adjective Chemistry.

of or derived from palmitic acid.

Origin of palmitic

From the French word palmitique, dating back to 1855–60. See palm2, -ite1, -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for palmitic

Historical Examples of palmitic

  • They all consist of acids (stearic, palmitic, &c.) united with glycerine.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual

    Charles Alexander Cameron

  • The first on examination proved to be a mixture of palmitic and stearic acids existing uncombined in the wool oil.

  • The oleic acid, being liquid at ordinary temperature, together with some stearic and palmitic acid, is thus pressed out.

    Soap-Making Manual

    E. G. Thomssen

  • Likewise the melting point of stearic acid is lowered by the addition of a small amount of palmitic acid.

    Soap-Making Manual

    E. G. Thomssen

  • It is a combination of palmitic acid and a peculiar hydrocarbon, called (after the whale) "cetyl," and easily forms pure crystals.

    More Science From an Easy Chair

    Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester