palmitic acid

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pal·mit·ic acid

 (păl-mĭt′ĭk, päl-, pä-mĭt′-)
A saturated fatty acid, C16H32O2, found in many natural oils and fats and used in making soap.

[French palmitique, from palmite, pith of the palm tree; see palmitin.]

palmitic acid

(Elements & Compounds) a white crystalline solid that is a saturated fatty acid: used in the manufacture of soap and candles. Formula: (C15H31)COOH. Systematic name: hexadecanoic acid
[C19: from French palmitique; see palm2, -ite2, -ic]

pal•mit′ic ac′id

(pælˈmɪt ɪk, pɑl-, pɑˈmɪt-)
a white, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, C16H32O2, used in the manufacture of soap.
[1855–60; < French palmitique. See palm2, -ite1, -ic]
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Noun1.palmitic acid - a saturated fatty acid that is the major fat in meat and dairy products
meat - the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
dairy product - milk and butter and cheese
saturated fatty acid - a fatty acid whose carbon chain cannot absorb any more hydrogen atoms; found chiefly in animal fats
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The percentage of free fatty acids in most types of fats and oils is calculated as oleic acid; although in coconut and palm oils it is typically expressed as lauric acid and palmitic acid, respectively.
In contrast, fatty acids such as linoleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and some sterols were found in the SFE products (Table), which in were present in negligible amounts in the distilled oils.
The composition of the mixture is: palmitic acid (50%), stearic acid (5%), oleic acid (33%) linoleic acid (9%), and 3% of other long-chain fatty acids.
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Its chemical make-up constitutes 78-83% monounsaturated oleic acid, 9% polyunsaturated linoleic acid, 8-15% palmitic acid and 1.
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Cows eating 600g of oil a day produced milk with 35 per cent more oleic acid -the unsaturated fat that is also present in olive oil -than cows on an ordinary diet and 26 per cent less palmitic acid -the saturated fat which has been linked to heart disease and obesity.
In vegetable oils, most of the palmitic acid is located at the alpha (sn-1,3) positions of the triglycerides.
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Palm oil contains an equal proportion of unsaturated and saturated fatty acids, containing about 40% oleic acid (mono saturated) 10% linoleic acid (poly unsaturated), 44% palmitic acid (saturated) and 5% stearic acid (saturated).