myristic acid

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my·ris·tic acid

 (mə-rĭs′tĭk, mī-)
A fatty acid, C14H28O2, occurring in animal and vegetable fats and used in the manufacture of cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, and flavorings.

[New Latin Myristica, genus of the nutmeg tree (myristic acid having been first isolated from oil of nutmeg), from Medieval Latin nux myristica, nutmeg (literally, "fragrant nut"), partial translation of Byzantine Greek karuon muristikon : karuon, nut + muristikon, neuter of muristikos, fragrant (from murizein, to anoint, perfume, from muron, perfumed oil, unguent, perhaps akin to Old English smerian, to smear, or perhaps a loanword from an unknown Near Eastern source).]

myristic acid

(Chemistry) a fatty acid found in nutmeg oil and certain vegetable and animal fats

my•ris′tic ac′id

(məˈrɪs tɪk)
an oily, white crystalline compound, C14H28O2, used in soaps, cosmetics, flavors, and perfumes.
[1840–50; < New Latin Myristica the nutmeg genus (the acid is a constituent of oil derived from nutmeg) < Greek myristikḗ, feminine of myristikós fragrant]
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Noun1.myristic acid - a saturated fatty acid occurring naturally in animal and vegetable fats
saturated fatty acid - a fatty acid whose carbon chain cannot absorb any more hydrogen atoms; found chiefly in animal fats
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