Meaning of myristic acid in English:

myristic acid


mass nounChemistry
  • A compound present in oil of nutmeg and other natural fats.

    A straight-chain fatty acid; chemical formula: CH₃(CH₂)₁₂COOH

    ‘Longer chain fatty acids such as palmitic, stearic, and myristic acid are greasy.’
    • ‘The yeast AMPK b subunits are lipid modified with myristic acid.’
    • ‘Moderate quantities of myristic acid, cis-eicosenoic acid, and behenic acid were also identified, and together these fatty acids made up 10 to 14% of the fatty acids analyzed.’
    • ‘Because jojoba oil contains anti-inflammatory myristic acid, it has the potential to give relief.’
    • ‘The flies were immobilized on their backs to the lid of a petri plate using myristic acid.’


myristic acid

/mʌɪˈrɪstɪk/ /mɪ-/


Mid 19th century myristic from modern Latin Myristica (genus name), from medieval Latin (nux) myristica ‘nutmeg’, from Greek murizein ‘anoint’.