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Myristic Acid Molecule

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Myristic( tetradecanoic acid): CH 3(CH 2 )12COOH is a saturated fatty acid.

Saturated fatty acids are of the form R-COOH

where R = CH 3-(CH2)n - n being any integer greater than or equal to 1In chemistry, especially biochemistry, a fatty acid is a carboxylic acid (or organic acid), often with a long aliphatic tail (long chains), either saturated or unsaturated. Most of the natural fatty acids have an even number of carbon atoms, because they are made up of acetate which has two carbon atoms.

Industrially, fatty acids are produced by the hydrolysis of the ester linkages in a fat or biological oil (both of which are triglycerides), with the removal of glycerol.

Many Americans consume little myristic acid because this fatty acid is found by coconut oil and dairy fats that many American don't eat, Myristic acid is an important fatty acid, which the body uses to stabilize different proteins, including proteins used in the immune system.

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