linoleic acid

noun lin·o·le·ic acid \ ˌli-nə-ˈlē-ik- , -ˈlā- \

Definition of linoleic acid

:a liquid unsaturated fatty acid C18H32O2 found especially in semidrying oils (such as corn oil) and essential for the nutrition of some animals

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Origin and Etymology of linoleic acid

Greek linon flax + International Scientific Vocabulary oleic (acid)


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linoleic acid

noun lin·ole·ic acid \ ˌlin-ə-ˌlē-ik- , -ˌlā- \

medical Definition of linoleic acid

: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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