cetyl alcohol

noun
ce·​tyl alcohol | \ ˈsē-tᵊl- How to pronounce cetyl alcohol (audio) \

Definition of cetyl alcohol

: a waxy crystalline alcohol C16H34O obtained by the saponification of spermaceti or the hydrogenation of palmitic acid and used especially in pharmaceutical and cosmetic preparations and in making detergents

Examples of cetyl alcohol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fatty alcohols, like cetyl alcohol, do just the opposite. Devon Abelman, Allure, 17 July 2021 But fear not, cetyl alcohol is nothing of the sort. Devon Abelman, Allure, 17 July 2021

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First Known Use of cetyl alcohol

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cetyl alcohol

International Scientific Vocabulary cet- (from Latin cetus whale) + -yl; from its occurrence in spermaceti

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The first known use of cetyl alcohol was in 1863

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“Cetyl alcohol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cetyl%20alcohol. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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cetyl alcohol

noun

Medical Definition of cetyl alcohol

: a waxy crystalline alcohol C16H34O obtained by the saponification of spermaceti or the hydrogenation of palmitic acid and used especially in pharmaceutical and cosmetic preparations and in making detergents

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