Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A radical, C27H55, supposed to exist in several compounds obtained from waxes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A radical, C27H55 supposed to exist in several compounds obtained from Chinese wax, beeswax, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In chem., an organic radical (C27H55) found in combination in beeswax.

Etymologies

Latin cera wax + -yl. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _ -- Unsaponifiable matter may consist of cholesterol, phytosterol, solid alcohols (cetyl and ceryl alcohols), or hydrocarbons (mineral oil).

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