octadecanoic acid

octadecanoic acid

[ok-tuh-dek-uh-noh-ik, ok-]
noun Chemistry.

Origin:
octa- + decane + -o- + -ic

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octadecanoic acid

one of the most common long-chain fatty acids, found in combined form in natural animal and vegetable fats. Commercial "stearic acid" is a mixture of approximately equal amounts of stearic and palmitic acids and small amounts of oleic acid. It is employed in the manufacture of candles, cosmetics, shaving soaps, lubricants, and pharmaceuticals.

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