Lauric acid 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.

Syn: dodecanoic acid, laurostearic acid, dodecoic acid. [1913 Webster + PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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