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cetyl alcohol Syllabification: ce·tyl al·co·hol
Pronunciation: /ˌsētl ˈalkəˌhäl/

Definition of cetyl alcohol in English:


A waxy alcohol occurring in feces and esterified in spermaceti and wool wax. It is used in cosmetics and as an emulsifier.
  • Chemical formula: CH3(CH2)15OH
Example sentences
  • A new agent promoted for osteoarthritis treatment is cetyl myristoleate, a material synthesized from cetyl alcohol and myristoleic acid.
  • Suppositories with a cetyl alcohol content higher than 40%, however, were not deformed at body temperature.
  • Compounds which function as wetting agents, such as, for example, pharmaceutically acceptable detergents and cetyl alcohols also are contemplated for use with the inventive formulations.
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