behenic acid

noun be·hen·ic acid \bə-ˈhe-nik-, -ˈhē-\

Definition of behenic acid

  1. :  a crystalline fatty acid CH3(CH2)20COOH occurring in the form of esters especially in the fats and oils from seeds (such as ben oil, peanut oil) and in some waxes —called also docosanoic acid

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Origin and Etymology of behenic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary behen (variant of 7ben) + -ic; probably originally formed as French béhénique

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