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palmitic acid

Pronunciation: pal-mit'ik as'id

Definition: A common 16-carbon saturated fatty acid occurring in palm oil and olive oil as well as many other fats and waxes; the end product of mammalian fatty acid synthase; CH3(CH2)14COOH.

Synonym(s): hexadecanoic acid

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