Definition of myristic acid in English:

myristic acid

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

noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
A compound present in oil of nutmeg and other natural fats.
  • A straight-chain fatty acid; chemical formula: CH3(CH2)12COOH
More example sentences
  • Longer chain fatty acids such as palmitic, stearic, and myristic acid are greasy.
  • The yeast AMPK b subunits are lipid modified with myristic acid.
  • Moderate quantities of myristic acid, cis-eicosenoic acid, and behenic acid were also identified, and together these fatty acids made up 10 to 14% of the fatty acids analyzed.

Origin

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

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