a colorless crystalline compound, CHO, found in palm oil and many other fats: it is the glyceryl ester of palmitic acid
Origin of palmitinFrench palmitine
The triglyceride, C51H98O6, of palmitic acid, found in palm oil and animal fats and used to manufacture soap. Also called tripalmitin .
Origin of palmitinFrench palmitine perhaps from palmite pith of the palm tree from Portuguese palmito diminutive of palma palm from Latin palma ; see palm 2.