The univalent radical C16H33— of c. alcohol.
- c. alcohol 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. SYN: 1-hexadecanol, palmityl alcohol.
- c. palmitate a wax; the chief constituent of spermaceti.

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ce·tyl 'sēt-əl n a monovalent chemical group C16H33 found in compounds that occur in waxes (as beeswax and spermaceti)

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ce·tyl (seґtəl) a univalent alcohol radical, CH3(CH2)14CH2.

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  • Cetyl — Ce tyl, n. [Gr. ? whale + yl.] (Chem.) A radical, {C16H33}, not yet isolated, but supposed to exist in a series of compounds homologous with the ethyl compounds, and derived from spermaceti. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cetyl — ˈsēd.əl also ˈse noun ( s) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary cet + yl; from the occurrence of some of its compounds in spermaceti : a univalent radical C16H33 compounds of which occur in waxes (as beeswax, spermaceti) : normal… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • cetyl alcohol — /seet l/ a white, crystalline, water insoluble solid, C16H34O, used chiefly as an emollient in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Also, cetylic alcohol /si til ik/. Also called ethal. [1870 75; CET + YL (so called because some of its compounds are… …   Universalium

  • cetyl alcohol — ethal eth al, n. [Ether + alcohol: cf. F. [ e]thal.] (Chem.) A white waxy solid, {C16H33.OH}; called also {cetyl alcohol} and {cetylic alcohol}. See {Cetylic alcohol}, under {Cetylic}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cetyl alcohol — Cetylic Ce*tyl ic, a. (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or derived from, spermaceti. [1913 Webster] {Cetylic alcohol} (Chem.), a white, waxy, crystalline solid, obtained from spermaceti, and regarded as homologous with ordinary, or ethyl, alcohol;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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