Animal fat

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A semisolid mixture of long chain hydrocarbon fatty acids obtained from animals. Animal fats are primarily composed of the glycerides of oleic acid (42-53%), palmitic acid (20-28%), stearic acid (6-13%), linoleic acid (8-13% and myristic acid (0.2-2.0%) (Serpico and White 2000). Fats are obtained from animal parts by extraction with either boiling water, steam, or organic solvents. Examples are bone fat, lard, tallow, lanolin, and butterfat.

Synonyms and Related Terms

stearin; lard; tallow; lanolin; grasa animal (Esp.); graisse animale (Fr.); grasso animale (It); bone fat; butter fat

Density 0.94

Additional Information

M.Serpico, R.White, "Oil, fat and wax" in Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology, P.Nicholson, I.Shaw (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2000, p. 390-429.

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