myristic-acid

myristic acid

[muh-ris-tik]
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:
1840–50; < Neo-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

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myristic acid

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a saturated fatty acid occurring naturally in animal and vegetable fats 
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