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conjugated linoleic acid


Medical Definition of conjugated linoleic acid

  1. :  any of several isomers of linoleic acid that are characterized by conjugated double bonds and are found in various foods (such as the milk and meat of ruminants) These [grass-fed] cattle end up leaner than grain-fed ones; their flesh contains less saturated fat and a higher proportion of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acid—“good” fats that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.—Consumer Reports, November 2002; also :  a preparation of these isomers used as a dietary supplement—abbreviation CLA

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