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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Of the fats that make up coconut oil, almost half have been shown to be composed of lauric acid, which is a potent health-enhancing fatty acid.
It is rich in lauric acid which kills off bacteria and viruses, so it prevents infection.
The reduction of the saturated fatty acids, in particular lauric acid, myristic acid and palmitic acid is important, considering that they are involved in some pathologies (ULBRICHT & SOUTHGATE, 1991), whereas the increase of polyunsaturated fatty acids are related to healthier products (JAKOBSEN et al.
Monolaurin, also called monoglyceride of lauric acid and glycerol monolaurate, can kill many different kinds of microbes.
Tenders are invited for re-e-tender for the supply of lauric acid
Supplementation of 9% DDGS in pig diet did not affect the levels of saturated fatty acids including lauric acid (C12:0), myristic acid (C14:0), palmitic acid (C16:0), stearic acid (C18:0) and unsaturated fatty acids including vaccenic acid (C18:1-t11) and linoleic acid (C18:2).
One of the MCTs in coconut oil is called Lauric Acid.
When the antimicrobial activity of the individual fats in breastmilk was compared, lauric acid was found to have the best activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus Group A, and Candida albicans.
4] powders were prepared by solution combustion synthesis method using renewable fuel, palm oil derived octyl alcohol and lauric acid.
Since coconut has a vegetable origin, it has a high content of saturated fatty acids (Jayadas & Nair, 2006), mainly consisting of triglycerides with low degree of unsaturation, comprising two major fatty acids, lauric acid and myristic acid (Pham, Casa, Gregorio, & Kwon, 1998).
Atul Sharma et al [9] has studied about the development of phase change materials for low temperature energy storage applications using binary mixtures of commercial grade acids such as Lauric acid (LA), Myristic acid (MA), Stearic acid (SA) and Palmitic acid (PA).