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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
1855-1860
1855-60
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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
  (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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