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lauric acid

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noun lau·ric acid \ˈlȯr-ik-, ˈlär-\

Definition of lauric acid

  1. :  a crystalline fatty acid C12H24O2 found especially in coconut oil and used chiefly in making soaps and esters



Origin of lauric acid

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin laurus


First Known Use: 1865


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lauric acid

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noun lau·ric acid \ˌlȯr-ik-, ˌlär-\

Medical Definition of lauric acid

  1. :  a crystalline fatty acid C12H24O2 found especially in coconut oil and used in making soaps, esters, and lauryl alcohol—called also dodecanoic acid




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