palmitic acid

noun
pal·mit·ic acid | \(ˌ)pal-ˈmi-tik-, (ˌ)pä-, (ˌ)päl-, (ˌ)pȯ-, (ˌ)pȯl-\

Definition of palmitic acid 

: a waxy crystalline saturated fatty acid C16H32O2 occurring free or in the form of esters (such as glycerides) in most fats and fatty oils and in several essential oils and waxes

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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

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First Known Use of palmitic acid

1849, in the meaning defined above

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International Scientific Vocabulary, from palmitin

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palmitic acid

noun
pal·mit·ic acid | \(ˌ)pal-ˌmit-ik-, (ˌ)pä(l)- \

Medical Definition of palmitic acid 

: a waxy crystalline saturated fatty acid C16H32O2 occurring free or in the form of esters (as glycerides) in most fats and fatty oils and in several essential oils and waxes

called also hexadecanoic acid

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