ricinoleic acid

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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Thanks to its high concentration of ricinoleic acid and vitamin E, as well as Omega-6 and Omega-9 fats, lubricant has long been thought to aid in hair and eyelash growth. Kristi Kellogg, Vogue, "12 Ways to Get Better Lashes, From Lash Growth Serums to Easy Diet Tweaks," 23 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of ricinoleic acid

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ricinoleic acid

Latin ricinus + English oleic acid

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ricinoleic acid

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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