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ce′tyl al′coholˈsit l(n.)

  1. a white crystalline water-insoluble solid, C16H34O, used chiefly as an emollient in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of cetyl alcohol:

1870–75; < L cēt(us) whale; from its being found in spermaceti


  1. cetyl alcohol(Noun)

    The waxy aliphatic primary alcohol 1-hexadecanol, used in cosmetics etc.


  1. Cetyl alcohol

    Cetyl alcohol, also known as 1-hexadecanol and palmityl alcohol, is a fatty alcohol with the formula CH3(CH2)15OH. At room temperature, cetyl alcohol takes the form of a waxy white solid or flakes. The name cetyl derives from the whale oil from which it was first isolated.


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