palmitic acid

  1. a white, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, C16H32O2, obtained by hydrolysis from palm oil and natural fats, in which it occurs as the glyceride, and from spermaceti: used in the manufacture of soap.

Origin of palmitic acid

First recorded in 1855–60

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How to use palmitic acid in a sentence

  • A wax obtained from Rhus succedanea was shown by Stahmer to contain palmitic acid and glycerol in the form of glycerol palmitate.

  • 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
  • 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 contains glycerides of linoleic and especially palmitic acid.

    Paint Technology and Tests | Henry A. Gardner

British Dictionary definitions for palmitic acid

palmitic acid

/ (pælˈmɪtɪk) /

  1. a white crystalline solid that is a saturated fatty acid: used in the manufacture of soap and candles. Formula: (C 15 H 31)COOH: Systematic name: hexadecanoic acid

Origin of palmitic acid

C19: from French palmitique; see palm ², -ite ², -ic

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Scientific definitions for palmitic acid

palmitic acid

[ păl-mĭtĭk, päl-, pä-mĭt- ]

  1. A saturated fatty acid occurring as combustible white crystals in many natural oils (such as spermaceti and palm oil) and fats. It is used in making soaps. Chemical formula: C16H32O2.

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