fatty alcohol

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fat·ty al·co·hol

a long chain alcohol, analogous to the fatty acids, of which the fatty alcohol may be viewed as a reduction product; for example, octadecanol from stearic acid. It is often found esterified in waxes.
Synonym(s): wax alcohol
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fatty alcohol

n.
Any of various alcohols derived from natural sources or prepared synthetically, used especially as emulsifiers and surfactants in cosmetics, detergents, pharmaceuticals, plastics, and other industrial products.
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