from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The glyceryl ester, C3H5(OOC16H31)3, of palmitic acid, found in palm oil and animal fats and used to manufacture soap. Also called tripalmitin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A solid crystallizable fat, found in animal and vegetable tissues, that is a glyceride of palmitic acid, three molecules of palmitic acid being united to one molecule of glyceryl.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A solid crystallizable fat, found abundantly in animals and in vegetables. It occurs mixed with stearin and olein in the fat of animal tissues, with olein and butyrin in butter, with olein in olive oil, etc. Chemically, it is a glyceride of palmitic acid, three molecules of palmitic acid being united to one molecule of glyceryl, and hence it is technically called tripalmitin, or glyceryl tripalmitate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principal solid ingredient of palm-oil, C3H5(C16H31O2)3, a solid colorless crystalline substance, melting at about 45°C.: it is the triglyceride of palmitic acid. Also palmine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ester of glycerol and palmitic acid
French palmitine, perhaps from palmite, pith of the palm tree, from Portuguese palmito, diminutive of palma, palm, from Latin palma; see palm2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)