fatty acid

noun
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

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

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1838

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FATTY ACID Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of fatty acid for English Language Learners

  • : an acid that is naturally in fats and various oils


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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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