Meaning of myristic acid

my•ris'tic ac'id

Pronunciation: (mu-ris'tik), [key]
— Chem. Chem.
  1. an oily, white crystalline compound, CHO, insoluble in water, soluble in alcohol and ether: used in soaps, cosmetics, and in the synthesis of esters for flavors and perfumes.
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