Definition of palmitic acid in English:

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palmitic acid

Pronunciation: /pä(l)ˌmidik ˈasəd/


A solid saturated fatty acid obtained from palm oil and other vegetable and animal fats.
  • Chemical formula: CH3(CH2)14COOH.
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.


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

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Syllabification: pal·mit·ic ac·id

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