Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A saturated fatty acid, C16H32O2, found in many natural oils and fats and used in making soap.

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  • noun organic chemistry One of the most common saturated fatty acids; it is found in all animal and most vegetable oils and fats; it is used in the manufacture of soap etc.
  • noun organic chemistry hexadecanoic acid, CH3(CH2)14COOH

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  • noun a saturated fatty acid that is the major fat in meat and dairy products

Etymologies

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

[French palmitique, from palmite, pith of the palm tree; see palmitin.]

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From French palmite ("pith of the palm tree") + -ic.

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