behenic acid


be·​hen·​ic acid
: 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

Word History


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

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