palmitic acid


noun Chemistry.

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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British Dictionary definitions for palmitic acid

palmitic acid
/ (pælˈmɪtɪk) /

noun

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

Word Origin for palmitic acid

C19: from French palmitique; see palm ², -ite ², -ic
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Medicine definitions for palmitic acid

palmitic acid
[ păl-mĭtĭk, päl-, pä-mĭt- ]

n.

A saturated fatty acid occurring in palm oil and other fats.hexadecanoic acid
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Science definitions for palmitic acid

palmitic acid
[ păl-mĭtĭk, päl-, pä-mĭt- ]

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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