spermaceti

noun sper·ma·ce·ti \ ˌspər-mə-ˈsē-tē , -ˈse- \
Updated on: 2 Mar 2018

Definition of spermaceti

: a waxy solid obtained from the oil of cetaceans and especially from a closed cavity in the heads of sperm whales and used especially formerly in ointments, cosmetics, and candles

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Origin and Etymology of spermaceti

Middle English sperma cete, from Medieval Latin sperma ceti whale sperm


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spermaceti

noun sper·ma·ce·ti \ ˌspər-mə-ˈsēt-ē , -ˈset- \

medical Definition of spermaceti

: a waxy solid obtained from the oil of cetaceans and especially sperm whales and used especially formerly in pharmacology as a constituent of ointments

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