Definitions

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

  • n. A white crystalline acid, COOH(CH2)8COOH, used in the manufacture of certain synthetic resins and fibers, various plasticizers, and polyester rubbers.

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  • n. an aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, (CH2)8(COOH)2, originally prepared from tallow; it is used in the manufacture of resins, plasticizers and polyester rubbers

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dicarboxylic acid used to make resins

Etymologies

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

From sebaceous (so called because it was originally obtained from melted suet).

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