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ricinoleic acid

noun, Chemistry.
a colorless to yellow, viscous, liquid, water-insoluble, unsaturated hydroxyl acid, C 1 8 H 3 4 O 3 , occurring in castor oil in the form of the glyceride: used chiefly in soaps and textile finishing.
Origin of ricinoleic acid
1840-50 Unabridged
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ricinoleic acid

/ˌrɪsɪnəʊˈliːɪk; -ˈnəʊlɪɪk/
an oily unsaturated carboxylic acid found, as the glyceride, in castor oil and used in the manufacture of soap and in finishing textiles; 12-hydroxy-9-octadecanoic acid. Formula: C18H34O3
the mixture of fatty acids obtained by hydrolysing castor oil
Word Origin
C19: from ricin + oleic acid
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