behenic acid

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

Definition of behenic 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

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History and Etymology for behenic acid

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

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