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aliphatic

adjective al·i·phat·ic \ˌa-lə-ˈfa-tik\

Definition of aliphatic

  1. :  of, relating to, or being an organic compound (as an alkane) having an open-chain structure — compare alicyclic, aromatic 2



Origin and Etymology of aliphatic

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek aleiphat-, aleiphar oil, from aleiphein to smear; perhaps akin to Greek lipos fat — more at leave


First Known Use: 1889


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adjective al·i·phat·ic \ˌal-ə-ˈfat-ik\

Medical Definition of aliphatic

  1. :  of, relating to, or being an organic compound (as an alkane or alkene) having an open-chain structure—compare alicyclic, aromatic 2




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