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linoleic acid

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noun lin·o·le·ic acid \ˌli-nə-ˈlē-ik-, -ˈlā-\

Definition of linoleic acid

  1. :  a liquid unsaturated fatty acid C18H32O2 found especially in semidrying oils (as corn oil) and essential for the nutrition of some animals



Origin and Etymology of linoleic acid

Greek linon flax + International Scientific Vocabulary oleic (acid)


First Known Use: 1857


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linoleic acid

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noun lin·ole·ic acid \ˌlin-ə-ˌlē-ik-, -ˌlā-\

Medical Definition of linoleic acid

  1. :  a liquid unsaturated fatty acid C18H32O2 found especially in semidrying oils (as peanut oil) and essential for the nutrition of some animals—called also linolic acid




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