ricinoleic acid

noun ri·cin·ole·ic acid \ ˌrī-sə-nō-ˈlē-ik- , ˌri- , -ˈlā- \

Definition of ricinoleic acid

: an oily unsaturated hydroxy fatty acid C18H34O3 that occurs in castor oil as a glyceride and yields esters important as plasticizers

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Origin and Etymology of ricinoleic acid

Latin ricinus + English oleic acid


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ricinoleic acid

noun ri·cin·ole·ic acid \ ˌrīs-ᵊn-ō-ˌlē-ik-, ˌris-, -ˌlā- \

medical Definition of ricinoleic acid

: an oily unsaturated hydroxy fatty acid C18H34O3 that occurs in castor oil as a glyceride

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