CETYL-ALCOHOL

cetyl alcohol

[seet-l]
noun
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] .
Also called ethal.


Origin:
1870–75; cet- + -yl (so called because some of its compounds are found in spermaceti)

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cetyl alcohol   (sēt'l)  Pronunciation Key 
A waxy alcohol used in lubricants, detergents, cosmetics, and emulsifiers. Chemical formula: C16H34O.
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