One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A solid saturated fatty acid obtained from palm oil and other vegetable and animal fats.
Chemical formula: CH₃(CH₂)₁₄COOH
- ‘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.’
- ‘Levels of the potentially harmful saturated fat palmitic acid were also 26 percent lower than in the milk of conventionally fed cows.’
- ‘One possibility, mentioned above, is that the palmitic acid is preferentially localized in the outer monolayer of each bilayer in the profile.’
- ‘When this esterifies with only a vegetable fat-based palmitic acid, it is considered a halal vitamin A for milk fortification.’
- ‘A common example is beeswax that is composed primarily of myricyl palmitate, formed by the reaction of palmitic acid with an alcohol.’
Mid 19th century: palmitic from French palmitique, from palme (see palm).
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