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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless, odorless, waxlike fatty acid, CH3(CH2)16COOH, occurring in natural animal and vegetable fats and used in making soaps, candles, lubricants, and other products.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The most common saturated fatty acid; it is found in all animal and most vegetable oils and fats; it is used in the manufacture of soap etc.
  • n. octadecanoic acid, CH3(CH2)16COOH.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a monobasic fatty acid, obtained in the form of white crystalline scales, soluble in alcohol and ether. It melts to an oily liquid at 69┬░C.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a waxy saturated fatty acid; occurs widely as a glyceride in animal and vegetable fats

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