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