licanic acid

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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 4 Mar. 2024.

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