Meaning of lauryl alcohol

lau'ryl al'cohol

Pronunciation: (lôr'il, lor'-), [key]
— Chem. Chem.
  1. a compound that, depending upon purity, is either a crystalline solid or colorless liquid, CHO, obtained by the reduction of fatty acids of coconut oil: used chiefly in the manufacture of synthetic detergents.
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