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univalent alcohol radical found in spermaceti, beeswax, etc., 1842, from Latin cetus “whale” (see Cetacea) + -yl.

cetyl ce·tyl (sēt’l)
The univalent radical C16H33 occurring in compounds found in waxes.


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