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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.]
(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.
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|Noun||1.||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