lauric acid

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noun lau·ric acid \ˈlȯr-ik-, ˈlär-\

Definition of lauric acid

  1. :  a crystalline fatty acid C12H24O2 found especially in coconut oil and used chiefly in making soaps and esters

Origin and Etymology of lauric acid

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin laurus


First Known Use: 1863


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lauric acid

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noun lau·ric acid \ˌlȯr-ik-, ˌlär-\

Medical Definition of lauric acid

  1. :  a crystalline fatty acid C12H24O2 found especially in coconut oil and used in making soaps, esters, and lauryl alcohol—called also dodecanoic acid


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