Definition of palmitic acid in English:

palmitic acid

Line breaks: palm|it¦ic acid
Pronunciation: /palˈmɪtɪk
 
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noun

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

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