myristic acid


my·​ris·​tic acid mə-ˈri-stik- How to pronounce myristic acid (audio)
: a crystalline fatty acid C14H28O2 occurring especially in the form of glycerides in most fats

Examples of myristic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The crucial recipe was a mixture of myristic acid, palmitic acid, and palmitoleic acid, all of which were isolated from the milky part of the blood that Leinwand had observed in her first experiment. Anthony King, Discover Magazine, 4 June 2012 For example in butter, oleic acid (32%), myristic acid (20%), palmitic acid (15%) and searic acid (15%) make up the greatest percentage of the fatty acids [2]. Vince C Reyes, Discover Magazine, 28 May 2013 The blood of fasted and fed pythons contained very different blends of fatty acids, and the team identified three that are particularly important – myristic acid, palmitic acid and palmitoleic acid. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 27 Oct. 2011

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of myristic acid was in 1841

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“Myristic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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myristic acid

my·​ris·​tic acid mi-ˌris-tik- How to pronounce myristic acid (audio) mī- How to pronounce myristic acid (audio)
: a crystalline fatty acid C14H28O2 occurring especially in the form of glycerides in most fats

called also tetradecanoic acid

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