fatty acid

noun

Definition of fatty acid

1 : any of numerous saturated aliphatic monocarboxylic acids CnH2n+1COOH (such as acetic acid) including many that occur naturally usually in the form of esters in fats, waxes, and essential oils
2 : any of the saturated or unsaturated monocarboxylic acids (such as palmitic acid) usually with an even number of carbon atoms that occur naturally in the form of glycerides in fats and fatty oils

Examples of fatty acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And our feed yielded a higher level of a key fatty acid that is important for human health, DHA omega-3, in the resulting tilapia fillets. Pallab Sarker, The Conversation, "Taking fish out of fish feed can make aquaculture a more sustainable food source," 14 Dec. 2020 There are also several fatty acid products such as Scythe and essential oil products such as PureGro Weed Crush. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Winter is the time to treat lawns for spring weeds," 28 Dec. 2020 One is a waste product left over after another type of omega-3 fatty acid, called EPA, has been extracted from the microalga for use in human nutritional supplements. Pallab Sarker, The Conversation, "Taking fish out of fish feed can make aquaculture a more sustainable food source," 14 Dec. 2020 In the second presentation, also published Sunday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that omega-3 fatty acid supplements did not reduce cardiovascular risk. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Fish oil doesn't seem to prevent heart problems, studies find," 15 Nov. 2020 Vitamin F is primarily found in linoleic acid (an omega 6 fatty acid) and linolenic acid (an omega 3). Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Vitamins for Skin Health," 12 Nov. 2020 At this point, the small winter weeds have germinated and are vulnerable to being easily killed with vinegar products such as Good Natured Weed Slayer, fatty acid products such as Scythe or BioSafe, or essential oil products like PureGro Weed Crush. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Corn gluten meal is the pre-emergent herbicide you want this fall," 8 Sep. 2020 Courtesy of Walmart Even frequent hand-washing won’t parch your skin thanks to hemp seed, rich in vitamin E and omega fatty acid. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, "2020 Beauty Awards: Body Products That We Love," 11 Sep. 2020 Neither the toxic chemicals nor the organic herbicides will kill the big woody plants, but the organic herbicides such as strong vinegar, fatty acid or essential oil sprays will kill the tender leaves trying to re-grow. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Remedies abound for poison ivy rash," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of fatty acid

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fatty acid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fatty acid

: an acid that is naturally in fats and various oils

fatty acid

noun

Medical Definition of fatty acid

1 : any of numerous saturated aliphatic acids CnH2n+1COOH (as lauric acid) containing a single carboxyl group and including many that occur naturally usually in the form of esters in fats, waxes, and essential oils
2 : any of the saturated or unsaturated organic acids (as palmitic acid) that have a single carboxyl group and usually an even number of carbon atoms and that occur naturally in the form of glycerides in fats and fatty oils

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