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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Theoretically, the properties in coconut oil should be beneficial to acne—vitamin E and linoleic acid soothe irritated skin, while lauric acid kills bacteria—but coconut oil hasn’t actually been shown to improve acne in any studies. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Before You Put Coconut Oil on Your Face, Read This," 7 June 2018 Using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, the team discovered residue of oleic and linoleic acid, telltale signatures of olive oil. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "This 4,000-Year-Old Jar Contains Italy’s Oldest Olive Oil," 4 June 2018 Inflammation is also the underlying cause of many chronic skin conditions, including eczema and rosacea, so using topical products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients like linoleic acid may help to soothe your symptoms. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "Improving your diet can also improve your skin | Miami Herald," 22 Jan. 2018 Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules take anti-aging to the next level with its barrier-repairing cholesterol and soothing, anti-inflammatory linoleic acid. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Supercharged Skin Elixir Is the Ultimate Spring Beauty Hack," 28 Mar. 2018 Ingredients like argan and safflower oils are rich in linoleic acid, which is a type of omega-6 fatty acid that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "Improving your diet can also improve your skin | Miami Herald," 22 Jan. 2018 The serum is formulated with rosehip seed oil, which is rich in vitamins that help fade acne scars and anti-microbial linoleic acid, and carrot seed oil, which stimulates cell growth and cleanse the skin of toxins. Devon Abelman, Allure, "This All-Natural Acne Skin-Care Routine Is Going Viral on Instagram," 13 Dec. 2017 Grapeseed oil, as one Redditor points out, has awesome toning effects thanks to its linoleic acid content, which clears pores. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "How to Do a Dewy Makeup Look with Face Oils," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of linoleic acid

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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