lauric acid


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lauric acid a crystalline fatty acid occurring as glycerides in natural fats and oils (especially coconut oil and palm-kernel oil)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lauric acid (Chem) a white, crystalline substance, CH3.(CH2)10.COOH, resembling palmitic acid, and obtained from the fruit of the bay tree, and various other vegetable sources. The sodium salt (sodium lauryl sulfate) is used as a detergent.
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In news:

87 percent saturated, 8 percent unsaturated Pros: Unprocessed, virgin coconut oil is trans-fat-free and low in calories and it contains high levels of lauric acid that experts consider neutral to beneficial.
Researcher Develops Lauric Acid Anti-acne 'Bombs'.