licanic acid

noun
li·​can·​ic acid | \ lə̇ˈ|kanik-, (ˈ)lī¦| \

Definition of licanic acid

: a crystalline unsaturated keto acid C4H9(CH=CH)3(CH2)4COCH2CH2COOH that in the form of the glyceride is the chief component of oiticica oil and that may be hydrogenated to stearic acid

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History and Etymology for licanic acid

New Latin Licania + English -ic

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“Licanic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/licanic%20acid. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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