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[seet-n] /ˈsit n/
noun, Biochemistry
a white, crystalline, water-insoluble fat, C 32 H 64 O 2 , obtained from spermaceti by extraction with ether: used chiefly as an emulsive agent in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics and as a base in the manufacture of candles and soaps.
Also called cetyl palmitate.
Origin of cetin
cet- + -in2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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