lauric acid

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lau·ric acid

 (lôr′ĭk, lŏr′-)
A white solid fatty acid, C12H24O2, obtained chiefly from coconut and laurel oils and used in making soaps, cosmetics, esters, and lauryl alcohol.

[Latin laurus, laurel + -ic.]

lauric acid

(ˈlɔːrɪk; ˈlɒ-)
(Elements & Compounds) another name for dodecanoic acid
[C19: from Latin laurus laurel; from its occurrence in the berries of the laurel (Laurus nobilis)]

lau′ric ac′id

(ˈlɔr ɪk, ˈlɒr-)
a white, crystalline, fatty acid, C12H24O2, occurring in many vegetable fats, esp. coconut oil.
[1870–75; < Latin laur(us) laurel + -ic]
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Noun1.lauric acid - a crystalline fatty acid occurring as glycerides in natural fats and oils (especially coconut oil and palm-kernel oil)
saturated fatty acid - a fatty acid whose carbon chain cannot absorb any more hydrogen atoms; found chiefly in animal fats
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Natural coconut milk oil: This milk oil contains lauric acid that stops the hair from breaking, it is able to shield the root and has the capability to go in the hair shaft and work on conditioning and moisturizing the hair follicle.
CLEAN UP "COCONUT oil is a great cleanser because it's easily removed, clears congested pores and isn't greasy, plus it contains around 50 per cent lauric acid, an antimicrobial fatty acid," says Weeds.
There are various substitutes for isostearic acids (such as lauric acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, ricinoleic acid, oleic acid, behenic acid, erucic acid, and coconut fatty acid), which are readily available in the market at lower prices.
Coconut oil is a great cleanser because it's easily removed, clears congested pores and isn't greasy, plus it contains around 50% lauric acid, an antimicrobial fatty acid," says Margaret Weeds.
Coconut Water contains these cytokinins and lauric acid which can minimize the aging of skin cells, balance PH levels, and keep the connective tissues strong and hydrated.
It contains the vegetable-derived fatty acid lauric acid and the amino acid arginine, and is slightly soluble in aqueous systems.
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It contains lauric acid, which is known for killing harmful bacteria.
Some of them have antifungal qualities, like lauric acid and caprylic acid and are used to reduce colonies of Candida albicans.
The highest composition of methyl ester in the coconut waste oil is lauric acid and the acid value and density are 2.
Did you know it contains more potassium than most energy drinks and has the same amount of electrolytes as human blood, as well as lauric acid to boost metabolism?
Coconut oil is an immune booster as well, and a good source of lauric acid, which increases your HDL, the good cholesterol.