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 (păl′mĭ-tĭn, päl′-, pä′mĭ-)
The triglyceride, C51H98O6, of palmitic acid, found in palm oil and animal fats and used to manufacture soap. Also called tripalmitin.

[French palmitine, perhaps from palmite, pith of the palm tree, from Portuguese palmito, diminutive of palma, palm, from Latin palma; see palm2.]
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(Elements & Compounds) the colourless glyceride of palmitic acid, occurring in many natural oils and fats. Formula: (C15H31COO)3C3H5. Also called: tripalmitin
[C19: from French palmitine, probably from palmite pith of the palm tree; see palm2]
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Noun1.palmitin - an ester of glycerol and palmitic acid
glyceryl ester - an ester of glycerol
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It contains 46.8% oleic acid as olein, 33.4% Linoleic acid as linolein and 10.0% palmitic acid as palmitin. Besides that, it also contains lignoceric acid, arachidonic acid, arachidic acid, behenic acid, tearic acid, and other fatty acids (Venkatachalam and Kavipriya, 2012).
The whitish granules were found to predominantly contain palmitin acid, a chief ingredient of palm oil, said Sunday the Burgas environmental unit (RIOKOZ).