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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Origin and Etymology of palmitic acid

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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