Definitions for palmitic acidpælˈmɪt ɪk, pɑl-, pɑˈmɪt-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pal•mit′ic ac′idpælˈmɪt ɪk, pɑl-, pɑˈmɪt-(n.)
a white, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, C16H32O2, used in the manufacture of soap.
Origin of palmitic acid:
1855–60; < F palmitique. See palm2, -ite1, -ic
palmitic acid, hexadecanoic acid(noun)
a saturated fatty acid that is the major fat in meat and dairy products
One of the most common saturated fatty acids; it is found in all animal and most vegetable oils and fats; it is used in the manufacture of soap etc.
hexadecanoic acid, CH(CH)COOH
Origin: From palmite + -ic.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A common saturated fatty acid found in fats and waxes including olive oil, palm oil, and body lipids.
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