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 (such 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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