linolenic acid

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noun lin·o·le·nic acid \ˌli-nə-ˈlē-nik-, -ˈlā-\

Definition of linolenic acid

  1. :  a liquid unsaturated fatty acid C18H30O2 found especially in drying oils (such as linseed oil) and essential for the nutrition of some animals

Origin and Etymology of linolenic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary, irregular from linoleic


First Known Use: 1887


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linolenic acid

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noun lin·ole·nic acid \-ˌlē-nik-, -ˌlā-\

Medical Definition of linolenic acid

  1. :  a liquid unsaturated fatty acid C18H30O2 found especially in drying oils (as linseed oil) and essential for the nutrition of some animals


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