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cetyl alcohol

[seet-l] /ˈsit l/
a white, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, C 16 H 34 O, used chiefly as an emollient in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
Also, cetylic alcohol
[si-til-ik] /sɪˈtɪl ɪk/ (Show IPA)
Also called ethal.
Origin of cetyl alcohol
1870-75; cet- + -yl (so called because some of its compounds are found in spermaceti) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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cetyl alcohol
A waxy alcohol used in lubricants, detergents, cosmetics, and emulsifiers. Chemical formula: C16H34O.
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