palmitic acid

noun
pal·​mit·​ic acid | \ (ˌ)pal-ˈmi-tik- How to pronounce palmitic acid (audio) , (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

Examples of palmitic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 And this formula can includes the cost of supplements, like palmitic acid. Karen Ho, Quartz, 4 Mar. 2021 And all of the samples contained chemicals like palmitic acid and stearic acid, which suggest plant oils and waxes were also part of the mix. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 2 July 2019 The main ingredient of the Whitechapel fatberg is palmitic acid, an unsaturated fat found in butter, palm oil, and olive oil, as well as meat, cheeses, and milk. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 18 Aug. 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, 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of palmitic acid

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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)- How to pronounce palmitic acid (audio) \

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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