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

Examples of oleic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Halperin adds that olive oil contains fatty acid oleic acid, which is shown to be protective against cancer and inflammation. Audrey Noble, Vogue, 25 Mar. 2024 But what makes tamanu oil stand out in the function of barrier repair is how those fatty acids — namely oleic acid, linoleic acid, and calophyllic acid — are all biosimilar to those in our skin, Dr. Gohara explains, which is a good thing in terms of hydration and barrier repair. Sophia Panych, Allure, 29 Feb. 2024 Olives Research has found that olives are rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that protects your heart. Selene Yeager, Health, 24 Feb. 2024 Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat made of oleic acid, phytosterols, carotenoids, tocopherols, and polyphenols. Veronica Cristino, Vogue, 2 Feb. 2024 The basic components of the diet include oily fish, which contains three fatty acids that are good for your brain and heart; olive oil, which contains the anti-inflammatory oleic acid; and oily nuts, like almonds and pecans, which are full of fiber and good fats. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 10 Oct. 2023 But two that are most worth mentioning are oleic acid and licorice root. Akili King, Essence, 6 Oct. 2023 Olive oil is a source of the beneficial fat oleic acid, which is thought to reduce inflammation and, potentially, risks for cancer. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2023 As acorns are rich in oleic acid, so too is the ham. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oleic acid was in 1819

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“Oleic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oleic%20acid. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

oleic acid

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

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