unsaturated

adjective

un·​sat·​u·​rat·​ed ˌən-ˈsa-chə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce unsaturated (audio)
: not saturated: such as
a
: capable of absorbing or dissolving more of something
an unsaturated solution
b
: able to form products by chemical addition
especially : containing double or triple bonds between carbon atoms
unsaturated fats

Examples of unsaturated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fueled by exposure to air, light, and heat, unsaturated fats break down and release free radicals. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 12 Mar. 2024 Most meals and snacks should have protein, fiber, unsaturated fats, and carbs. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 12 Mar. 2024 Hemp seeds also contain omega-3 and gamma-linolenic acid, an omega-6 unsaturated fatty acid that can help to decrease inflammation. Good Housekeeping, 9 Jan. 2023 Trans unsaturated fatty acids—often known as trans fat—are present in many baked products, which are thought to contribute to lower testosterone levels. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2022 The lack of sugar and presence of healthy unsaturated fat are additional pros of the fruit. Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 6 Nov. 2023 But beyond the unsaturated fat found in nuts and seeds, these healthy snacks are also prone to growing mold and yeast. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2023 By contrast, unsaturated fats—which are liquid at room temperature—are beneficial. Katherine Hobson, Time, 19 June 2023 People on low-carb diets, for instance, tend to eat less fiber and more saturated fat, while people on very-low-fat diets have to cut back on all types of fat, including the healthy unsaturated fats found in olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds. Anahad O'Connor, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1758, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsaturated was in 1758

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Cite this Entry

“Unsaturated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsaturated. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

unsaturated

adjective
un·​sat·​u·​rat·​ed ˌən-ˈsach-ə-ˌrāt-əd How to pronounce unsaturated (audio)
ˈən-
: not saturated: as
a
: capable of absorbing or dissolving more of something
an unsaturated solution
b
: able to form products by combining chemically with other substances
especially : containing double or triple bonds between carbon atoms
an unsaturated fat

Medical Definition

unsaturated

adjective
un·​sat·​u·​rat·​ed -ˈsach-ə-ˌrāt-əd How to pronounce unsaturated (audio)
: not saturated: as
a
: capable of absorbing or dissolving more of something
an unsaturated solution
b
: able to form products by chemical addition
especially : containing double or triple bonds between carbon atoms
unsaturated fats
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