Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An insoluble solid alcohol (C12H25OH) with an unbranched paraffin chain, used to make detergents, such as sodium lauryl sulfate.

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  • n. a colorless insoluble solid alcohol used to make detergents and pharmaceuticals

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  • The thermochromic dye is usually a mixture of a leuco dye (a dye whose molecules can take on two forms, one colorless; Hypercolor shirts often used crystal violet lactone), a weak acid, and a dissociable salt dissolved in the fatty alcohol 1-dodecanol.

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