aliphatic

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

Definition of aliphatic

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

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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


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aliphatic

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

medical Definition of aliphatic

: 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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