cetyl alcohol

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ce·tyl al·co·hol

(sē'tăl al'kŏ-hol),
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.
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cetyl alcohol

(sēt′l)
n.
A solid white waxy alcohol, C16H34O, used as an emulsifier and in cosmetics, perfumes, and pharmaceuticals.
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cetyl alcohol

A white insoluble solid substance, C16H34O, used in the manufacture of ointments.
See also: alcohol
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