lauric acidlau·ric acid
a fatty acid, CH(CH)COOH, occurring in many vegetable fats, used in detergents, soaps, wetting agents, etc.
Origin of lauric acid; from Modern Latin Laurus ; from Classical Latin laurus, laurel + -ic
A white solid fatty acid, C12H24O2, obtained chiefly from coconut and laurel oils and used in making soaps, cosmetics, esters, and lauryl alcohol.
Origin of lauric acidLatin laurus, laurel + –ic.