Spermaceti



noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology.
1.
a pearly white, waxy, translucent solid, obtained from the oil in the head of the sperm whale: used chiefly in cosmetics and candles, and as an emollient.
noun
1.
a white waxy substance obtained from oil from the head of the sperm whale: used in cosmetics, candles, ointments, etc
spermaceti
(spûr’mə-sē’tē)
A white, waxy substance that is obtained from the head of the sperm whale and sometimes other whales, porpoises, and dolphins, and was once widely used to make candles, ointments, and cosmetics. Spermaceti is a liquid at body temperature and consists primarily of fatty alcohols and esters of fatty acids. Spermaceti is produced by the spermaceti organ, a huge melon-shaped sac that may function as a battering ram in aggressive behavior between males.

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