Palmitic acid crystals, light micrograph

Palmitic acid crystals, light micrograph

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Caption: Polarised light micrograph of palmitic acid, CH3(CH2)14COOH, extracted from cotton seed oil. Palmitic acid, or hexadecanoic acid, is one of the most common saturated fatty acids. It was originally derived from palm oil.

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Keywords: abstract, animal, chemical, chemistry, crystals, fatty acid, fauna, light microscope, microscopic, microscopy, palm oil, palmitic, palmitic acid, polarised light micrograph, polarized, saturated fatty acid

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