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myristic acid

[muh-ris-tik] /məˈrɪs tɪk/
noun, Chemistry
an oily, white crystalline compound, C 1 4 H 2 8 O 2 , insoluble in water, soluble in alcohol and ether: used in soaps, cosmetics, and in the synthesis of esters for flavors and perfumes.
Origin of myristic acid
1840-50; < New Latin Myristica the nutmeg genus (the acid is a constituent of oil derived from nutmeg and related plants) < Greek myristikḗ, feminine of myristikós fragrant, akin to mýron perfume, unguent Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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