lauric acid

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lauric acid

[′lȯr·ik ′as·əd]
(organic chemistry)
CH3(CH2)10COOH A fatty acid melting at 44°C, boiling at 225°C (100 mmHg; 13,332 pascals); colorless needles soluble in alcohol and ether, insoluble in water; found as the glyceride in vegetable fats, such as coconut and laurel oils; used for wetting agents, in cosmetics, soaps, resins, and insecticides, and as a chemical intermediate.