pal·​mi·​tate ˈpal-mə-ˌtāt How to pronounce palmitate (audio)
ˈpȯ- How to pronounce palmitate (audio) ˈpȯl- How to pronounce palmitate (audio)
: a salt or ester of palmitic acid

Examples of palmitate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, though Retin-A is usually associated with prescription medication and skin care, plenty of over-the-counter formulations contain vitamin A derivatives like retinol and retinyl palmitate, both of which should be banned from your pregnancy beauty kit. Bee Shapiro, Vogue, 10 Mar. 2016 Key ingredients: Retinyl palmitate, fruit acids, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid Skin Type: All, sensitive Size: 6 fl. ELLE, 31 July 2023 The Crest Whitening Emulsions Pen hydrates your teeth with hydrogen peroxide suspended in a hydrating blend of petrolatum and sorbitan palmitate. Jaylyn Pruitt, Health, 7 July 2023 In addition to being cruelty-free, the brand is also free of parabens, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban and triclosan. Natalie Alcala, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Apr. 2023 It is made with natural ingredients like l-arginine, ascorbyl palmitate, and hyaluronic acid for maximum safety. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 8 Mar. 2023 The ingredients: pasteurized milk, cream, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, and live active yogurt cultures (acidophilus, Bifidus, L. bulgaricus, and S. thermophilus, vitamin A palmitate, and vitamin D3). Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 5 Jan. 2023 In the past, pure retinol was combined with a fatty acid called palmitic acid to formulate pro-retinol, giving it the scientific name retinyl palmitate. Devon Abelman, Allure, 4 Sep. 2021 Most of the debate focuses on two common sunscreen ingredients: Retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone. Guest Blogger, Discover Magazine, 17 July 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palmitate was in 1852

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“Palmitate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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pal·​mi·​tate ˈpal-mə-ˌtāt How to pronounce palmitate (audio) ˈpä(l)m-ə- How to pronounce palmitate (audio)
: a salt or ester of palmitic acid
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