American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A synthetic crystalline fatty acid, C17H34O2.
- n. organic chemistry A saturated fatty acid, CH3(CH2)15COOH, that occurs only in very small amounts in natural oils and fats
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Physiol. Chem.), (Chem.) A white, crystalline substance, C17H34O2 of the fatty acid series, intermediate between palmitic and stearic acids, and obtained from the wax of certain lichens, from cetyl cyanide, and other sources. Called also
- n. a colorless crystalline synthetic fatty acid
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