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palmitic acid

noun, Chemistry
1.
a white, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, C 1 6 H 3 2 O 2 , obtained by hydrolysis from palm oil and natural fats, in which it occurs as the glyceride, and from spermaceti: used in the manufacture of soap.
Origin of palmitic acid
1855-1860
1855-60
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  • The oleic acid, being liquid at ordinary temperature, together with some stearic and palmitic acid, is thus pressed out.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
  • Likewise the melting point of stearic acid is lowered by the addition of a small amount of palmitic acid.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
  • It is a combination of palmitic acid and a peculiar hydrocarbon, called (after the whale) "cetyl," and easily forms pure crystals.

    More Science From an Easy Chair Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
British Dictionary definitions for palmitic acid

palmitic acid

/pælˈmɪtɪk/
noun
1.
a white crystalline solid that is a saturated fatty acid: used in the manufacture of soap and candles. Formula: (C15H31)COOH Systematic name hexadecanoic acid
Word Origin
C19: from French palmitique; see palm², -ite², -ic
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palmitic acid in Medicine

palmitic acid pal·mit·ic acid (pāl-mĭt'ĭk, päl-, pä-mĭt'-)
n.
A saturated fatty acid occurring in palm oil and other fats. Also called hexadecanoic acid.

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palmitic acid in Science
palmitic acid
  (pāl-mĭt'ĭk, päl-, pä-mĭt'-)   
A saturated fatty acid occurring as combustible white crystals in many natural oils (such as spermaceti and palm oil) and fats. It is used in making soaps. Chemical formula: C16H32O2.
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