pal·​mi·​tate | \ ˈpal-mə-ˌtāt How to pronounce palmitate (audio) , ˈpä-, ˈpäl-, ˈpȯ- How to pronounce palmitate (audio) , ˈpȯl- How to pronounce palmitate (audio) \

Definition of palmitate

: a salt or ester of palmitic acid

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Common derivatives, like ascorbyl palmitate and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, tend to be more stable than pure ascorbic acid but slower acting. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Retinyl palmitate and retinaldehyde are weaker, less-irritating forms of retinol. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 In the retinyl palmitate mouse study, the mice were exposed to UV rays, but did not have on sunscreen. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "What you need to know about 'hazardous' sunscreen ingredients | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 What’s the deal: An antioxidant that prevents oils from turning rancid, ascrobyl palmitate comes from combining vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and palmitic acid from fat. Magdalena Puniewska, Bon Appetit, "6 Food Additives You Can Stop Worrying About," 31 Aug. 2017 This includes: salicylic acid, kaolin (commonly found in clay masks), sulfur, retinyl palmitate (a retinol derivative), and glycolic acid to smooth skin. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "This Concealer Also Fights Acne," 7 Aug. 2017 EWG representatives say parents and consumers should use caution with two ingredients, oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate. Robert Jimison, CNN, "Experts' tips for choosing the safest sunscreen," 23 May 2017 Henry Lim, a dermatologist and president of the American Academy of Dermatology, notes that retinyl palmitate is being used significantly less often in sunscreens, and the FDA stands behind the safety of oxybenzone, which absorbs ultraviolet light. USA TODAY, "Is your sunscreen protecting you? Report ranks sunscreens," 23 May 2017 Wang investigated these claims, along with concerns about another sunscreen substance, retinyl palmitate, that has been linked to cancer. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Big Question: How Does Sunscreen Shield Your Skin With Science?," 6 July 2015

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1852, in the meaning defined above

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pal·​mi·​tate | \ ˈpal-mə-ˌtāt How to pronounce palmitate (audio) , ˈpä(l)m-ə- How to pronounce palmitate (audio) \

Medical Definition of palmitate

: a salt or ester of palmitic acid

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