from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The univalent hexadecyl radical C16H33- present in many waxes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A radical, C16H33, not yet isolated, but supposed to exist in a series of compounds homologous with the ethyl compounds, and derived from spermaceti.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An alcoholic radical (C16H33) supposed to exist in a series of compounds obtained from spermaceti and beeswax.


Ancient Greek whale + -yl. (Wiktionary)


  • Thus the fat or oil of dozens of different nuts and plant-products and of lower animals and fishes, and of sheep, oxen, pigs, dogs, elephants, and men contain different and special chemical substances, corresponding to the "cetyl" which is present in the fat of the sperm whale's head.

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  • It is a combination of palmitic acid and a peculiar hydrocarbon, called (after the whale) "cetyl," and easily forms pure crystals.

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  • For instance, cetyl and cetearyl alcohol are waxy, solid emollients that act as thickeners and emulsifiers in a product, and they moisturize the skin as a by-product.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • Palmitates ethylhexyl, isopropyl, and cetyl palmitates are also emollients

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  • Cornstarch acts as a thickener and binder in cooking, just as an emulsifier such as stearic acid or cetyl alcohol in a cosmetic makes the texture smoother and holds oil and water together.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • Cetearyl, cetyl, and stearyl alcohol also a waxy emollient that adds opacity to color

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • When choosing a toner, avoid potentially drying or disruptive ingredients, like fragrance, propylene glycol, sulfates, and alcohols other than ceteryl or cetyl.

    The Truth About Beauty

  • If you have joint pain or arthritis Check out ‚Ķcetyl-myristoleate‚Ķ

    Krill oil and inflammation | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • As examples may be cited beeswax, containing myricin or myricyl palmitate, and spermaceti, consisting chiefly of cetin or cetyl palmitate, and herein lies the essential difference between fats and waxes, but as these substances are not soap-making materials, though sometimes admixed with soap to accomplish some special object, they do not require further consideration.

    The Handbook of Soap Manufacture

  • _ -- Unsaponifiable matter may consist of cholesterol, phytosterol, solid alcohols (cetyl and ceryl alcohols), or hydrocarbons (mineral oil).

    The Handbook of Soap Manufacture


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