from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fatty acid, C15H31COOH, occurring in many natural oils and fats and used in making soaps.
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- n. 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.
- n. hexadecanoic acid, CH3(CH2)14COOH
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- n. a saturated fatty acid that is the major fat in meat and dairy products
French palmitique, from palmite, pith of the palm tree; see palmitin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French palmite ("pith of the palm tree") + -ic. (Wiktionary)