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. Describe the structure of a wax. Where do waxes occur naturally in living creatures, and what function do they serve?

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Interpretation:

To describe the structure of wax and write the name of naturally occurring wax with their functions.

Concept Introduction:

Lipid or fat is composed of a long chain of alkanes or esters from alcohols and fatty acids. Beeswax and paraffin are well known example of lipids. Natural lipids are specifically the esters formed from the esterification of fatty acids and long chain alcohols. Ester of animal wax derived from a various carboxylic acids and alcohols. As they are hydrophobic in nature, lipids and fat prevents water to stick on the surface of plants and animals.

Explanation

Wax is a kind of lipid consisting of long chain of alkanes or esters originate from the bonding between alcohols and fatty acids. Beeswax and paraffin are example of waxes. Waxes are quite hydrophobic which makes them to prevent percolation of water on leaves of trees or plants, on feathers of birds, and on cuticles as well...

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