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

  • noun A colorless, odorless, waxlike, saturated fatty acid, C18H36O2, occurring in natural animal and vegetable fats and used in making soaps, candles, lubricants, and other products.

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  • noun organic chemistry The most common saturated fatty acid; it is found in all animal and most vegetable oils and fats; it is used in the manufacture of soap etc.
  • noun organic chemistry octadecanoic acid, CH3(CH2)16COOH.

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  • noun a waxy saturated fatty acid; occurs widely as a glyceride in animal and vegetable fats


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