palmitic acidpal·mit·ic acid
a colorless, crystalline fatty acid, CH(CH)COOH, found uncombined in palm oil and as the glyceryl ester in other vegetable and animal fats and oils
Origin of palmitic acidFrench palmitique: see palm and -ite and -ic
A saturated fatty acid, C16H32O2, found in many natural oils and fats and used in making soap.
Origin of palmitic acidFrench palmitique from palmite pith of the palm tree ; see palmitin .
From French palmite (“pith of the palm tree") + -ic.