oleic acid

\ō-ˈlē-ik-, -ˈlā- \

Definition of oleic acid 

: a monounsaturated fatty acid C18H34O2 obtained from natural fats and oils

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Many insects release oleic acid at death, and honeybee larvae release beta-ocimene to signal their need for food. Annie Sneed, Scientific American, "Scent of Death: Honeybees Use Odors to Detect Deceased Broods," 25 Apr. 2018 The lightweight, fast-absorbing oil gives dry or very dry hair a nourishing dose of Japanese Red Camellia Oil which is rich in oleic acid. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Eyecatchers," 22 Mar. 2018 Aside from avocados and certain oils, top sources of oleic acid include olives, nuts and seeds. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Foods that can suppress appetite, aid weight loss," 8 Mar. 2018

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1819, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of oleic acid 

: a monounsaturated fatty acid C18H34O2 found in natural fats and oils

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