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palmit'ic ac'id



Chem.
a white, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, C16H32O2, obtained by hydrolysis from palm oil and natural fats, in which it occurs as the glyceride, and from spermaceti: used in the manufacture of soap. Also called cetylic acid, hexadecanoic acid.

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