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palmitic acid

Syllabification: pal·mit·ic ac·id
Pronunciation: /pä(l)ˌmidik ˈasəd
 
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Definition of palmitic acid in English:

noun

Chemistry
A solid saturated fatty acid obtained from palm oil and other vegetable and animal fats.
Example sentences
  • Examples of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids are palmitic acid and linoleic acid, with 16 carbons and no double bonds, and 18 carbons with three double bonds, respectively.
  • A common example is beeswax that is composed primarily of myricyl palmitate, formed by the reaction of palmitic acid with an alcohol.
  • When this esterifies with only a vegetable fat-based palmitic acid, it is considered a halal vitamin A for milk fortification.

Origin

mid 19th century: palmitic from French palmitique, from palme (see palm1).

Derivatives

palmitate

1
Pronunciation: /ˈpä(l)miˌtāt/
noun
Example sentences
  • They are made of calcium bilirubinate and calcium palmitate.
  • Radioactively labeled choline and palmitate have been used to investigate PC metabolism in animal models.
  • Vitamin C has gained a great reputation as an anti-oxidant, but be sure to look for the stable vitamin C, ascorbyl palmitate.

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