Definition of myristic acid in English:

myristic acid

Line breaks: myr|ist¦ic acid
Pronunciation: /mʌɪˈrɪstɪk, mɪ-/

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[mass noun] Chemistry
A compound present in oil of nutmeg and other natural fats.
  • A straight-chain fatty acid; chemical formula: CH3(CH2)12COOH


mid 19th century: myristic from modern Latin Myristica (genus name), from medieval Latin (nux) myristica 'nutmeg', from Greek murizein 'anoint'.

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