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cetyl alcohol

Pronunciation: sē′tăl al′kŏ-hol

Definition: The 16-carbon alcohol corresponding to palmitic acid, so called because it is isolated from among the hydrolysis products of spermaceti; it is used as an emulsifying aid and in the preparation of “washable” (oil in water emulsions) ointment bases.

Synonym(s): 1-hexadecanol, palmityl alcohol

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