eleostearic acid

noun
el·​eo·​stearic acid
variants: or elaeostearic acid \ ¦elē(ˌ)ō , ə̇¦lē(ˌ)ō+ . . . \

Definition of eleostearic acid

: a crystalline unsaturated fatty acid C4H9(CH:CH)3(CH2)7COOH that exists in two stereoisomeric forms, (1) the alpha acid occurring as the glycerol ester especially in tung oil and (2) the beta acid obtained from the alpha acid by irradiation; 9, 11, 13-octa-deca-trien-oic acid

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International Scientific Vocabulary elaio- + stearic

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“Eleostearic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eleostearic%20acid. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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