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lauric acid

noun, Chemistry
1.
a white, crystalline, water-insoluble powder, C 12 H 24 O 2 , a fatty acid occurring as the glyceride in many vegetable fats, especially coconut oil and laurel oil: used chiefly in the manufacture of soaps, detergents, cosmetics, and lauryl alcohol.
Also called dodecanoic acid.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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British Dictionary definitions for lauric-acid

lauric acid

/ˈlɔːrɪk; ˈlɒ-/
noun
1.
another name for dodecanoic acid
Word Origin
C19: from Latin laurus laurel; from its occurrence in the berries of the laurel (Laurus nobilis)
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lauric-acid in Medicine

lauric acid lau·ric acid (lôr'ĭk)
n.
A fatty acid occurring in laurel, coconut, and palm oils.

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lauric acid
  (lôr'ĭk)   
A saturated fatty acid obtained chiefly from coconut and laurel oils and used in making soaps, cosmetics, esters, and lauryl alcohol. It is combustible and forms colorless needles that have waxy odor and taste. Chemical formula: C12H24O2.
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