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- adj. Of or pertaining to cerotic acid or its derivatives
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, or derived from, beeswax or Chinese wax.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or derived from beeswax.
They are extremely complex in composition, the former consisting principally of an acid similar to the fatty acids, called cerotic acid, and containing
It is a mixture of myricine, cerotic acid, and cerolein, the first of which is insoluble in boiling alcohol, the second is soluble in hot alcohol and crystallizes out on cooling, while the third remains dissolved in cold alcohol.
To avoid this, the quantity of alkali required to saponify the myricine is first ascertained, and then that required to saturate the free cerotic acid.