oleic acid

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Definition of oleic acid

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Sunflower oil has a similar smoke point, while canola oil provides a versatile base; both olive and avocado oil are full of oleic acid, a fatty acid that can offer health benefits. USA Today, 2 June 2020 Chang explains rosehip oil has a high concentration of fatty acids, like linoleic and oleic acid, which have antioxidant, moisturizing, and skin protective effects. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 May 2019 Other common non-vegan buzzwords: carmine, squalene, oleic acid, glycerine, and collagen. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Nov. 2018 Many insects release oleic acid at death, and honeybee larvae release beta-ocimene to signal their need for food. Annie Sneed, Scientific American, 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, 22 Mar. 2018 Aside from avocados and certain oils, top sources of oleic acid include olives, nuts and seeds. Lisa Drayer, CNN, 8 Mar. 2018

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1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Oleic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oleic%20acid. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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Medical Definition of oleic acid

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

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