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[pal-mi-tin, pahl-, pah-mi-]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a white, crystalline, water-insoluble powder, C51H98O6, prepared from glycerol and palmitic acid: used in the manufacture of soap.
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Origin of palmitin

From the French word palmitine, dating back to 1855–60. See palm2, -ite1, -in2
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Historical Examples of palmitin

  • It contains about 60% of olein and 40% of palmitin and stearin.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 2


  • Palmitin exists in scales, which have a peculiar pearly appearance, and are greasy to the touch.

  • A constituent formerly supposed to exist in solid fats, but now regarded as a mixture of stearin and palmitin.

  • Prepared from palmitin (see next article), by saponification, as stearic acid is prepared from stearin.

  • The chief distinction between animal and vegetable fats is in the proportion of olein compared with stearin and palmitin.

    Encyclopedia of Diet

    Eugene Christian

British Dictionary definitions for palmitin


  1. the colourless glyceride of palmitic acid, occurring in many natural oils and fats. Formula: (C 15 H 31 COO) 3 C 3 H 5Also called: tripalmitin
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Word Origin for palmitin

C19: from French palmitine, probably from palmite pith of the palm tree; see palm ²
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