fatty-acid

fatty acid

noun Biochemistry.
any of a class of aliphatic acids, especially palmitic, stearic, or oleic acid, consisting of a long hydrocarbon chain ending in a carboxyl group that bonds to glycerol to form a fat.

Origin:
1860–65

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fatty acid
 
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1.  any of a class of aliphatic carboxylic acids, such as palmitic acid, stearic acid, and oleic acid, that form part of a lipid molecule
2.  another name for carboxylic acid, used esp of a naturally occurring one

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fatty acid n.
Any of a large group of long-chain monobasic organic acids hydrolytically derived from fats.

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fatty acid   (fāt'ē)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of a large group of organic acids, especially those found in animal and vegetable fats and oils. Fatty acids are mainly composed of long chains of hydrocarbons ending in a carboxyl group. A fatty acid is saturated when the bonds between carbon atoms are all single bonds. It is unsaturated when any of these bonds is a double bond.
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