cetyl alcohol

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noun ce·tyl alcohol \ˈsē-təl-\

Definition of cetyl alcohol

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of cetyl alcohol

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


First Known Use: 1863


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cetyl alcohol

noun ce·tyl alcohol

Medical Definition of cetyl alcohol

  1. :  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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