Margaric acid
Margaric Mar*gar"ic, a. [Cf. F. margarique. See {Margarite}.] Pertaining to, or resembling, pearl; pearly. [1913 Webster]

{Margaric acid}. (a) (Physiol. Chem.) A fatty body, crystallizing in pearly scales, and obtained by digesting saponified fats (soaps) with an acid. It was formerly supposed to be an individual fatty acid, but is now known to be simply an intimate mixture of stearic and palmitic acids. (b) (Chem.) A white, crystalline substance, {C17H34O2} of the fatty acid series, intermediate between palmitic and stearic acids, and obtained from the wax of certain lichens, from cetyl cyanide, and other sources. Called also {heptadecanoic acid}. [1913 Webster]


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  • margaric acid — [mär gar′ik, mr̈gär′ik; mär′gə rik] n. [Fr margarique < Gr margaron, a pearl (see MARGARET): from the pearly luster of its crystals] a white, crystalline fatty acid, C17H34O2, obtained from lichens or synthetically …   English World dictionary

  • margaric acid — noun a colorless crystalline synthetic fatty acid • Syn: ↑heptadecanoic acid • Hypernyms: ↑saturated fatty acid * * * mär]ˈgärik , mȧ], ]ˈgarik , ˈmär]gərik , ˈmȧ], rēk noun Etymology: margaric, from French margarique, from margar (from …   Useful english dictionary

  • margaric acid — margarino rūgštis statusas T sritis chemija formulė H(CH₂)₁₆COOH atitikmenys: angl. margaric acid rus. маргариновая кислота ryšiai: sinonimas – heptadekano rūgštis …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • margaric acid — mar·gar·ic acid mär .gar ik n 1) a crystalline synthetic fatty acid C17H34O2 intermediate between palmitic acid and stearic acid 2) a mixture of palmitic acid and stearic acid obtained from various natural fats, oils, and waxes …   Medical dictionary

  • margaric acid — /mahr gar ik, gahr /, Chem. a colorless, crystalline, water insoluble, fatty acid, C17H34O2, resembling stearic acid, obtained from lichens or synthetically. [1810 20; < Gk márgar(on) pearl (prob. back formation from margarítes; see MARGARITE) +… …   Universalium

  • margaric acid — noun A saturated fatty acid, CH(CH)COOH, that occurs only in very small amounts in natural oils and fats Syn: heptadecanoic acid …   Wiktionary

  • margaric acid — /maˌgærɪk ˈæsəd/ (say mah.garik asuhd) noun a white fatty acid, CH3(CH2)15COOH, resembling stearic acid and obtained from lichens or synthetically. {Greek margaron pearl + ic} …   Australian English dictionary

  • margaric — margáric adj. m. Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  MARGÁRIC, Ă adj. m. Acid margaric = acid obţinut din grăsimi prin tratarea acestora cu o substanţă bazică. [< fr. margarique]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 26.05.2005.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Margaric — Mar*gar ic, a. [Cf. F. margarique. See {Margarite}.] Pertaining to, or resembling, pearl; pearly. [1913 Webster] {Margaric acid}. (a) (Physiol. Chem.) A fatty body, crystallizing in pearly scales, and obtained by digesting saponified fats (soaps) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • margaric — adjective Pertaining to pearl or pearls (rare except in designation of margaric acid) …   Wiktionary

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