myristic acid

noun my·ris·tic acid \ mə-ˈris-tik- , mī- \

Definition of myristic acid

: a crystalline fatty acid C14H28O2 occurring especially in the form of glycerides in most fats

Origin and Etymology of myristic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin Myristica, genus of trees


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myristic acid

noun my·ris·tic acid \ mi-ˌris-tik- , mī- \

medical Definition of myristic acid

: a crystalline fatty acid C14H28O2 occurring especially in the form of glycerides in most fats called also tetradecanoic acid

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