oleic acid

oleic acid

noun Chemistry.
a colorless, odorless, liquid, water-insoluble, unsaturated acid, C 1 8 H 3 4 O 2 , obtained from animal tallow and natural vegetable oils, in which it occurs as the glycerol ester: used chiefly in the manufacture of soap, commercial oleates, and cosmetics.

Origin:
1810–20

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oleic acid (əʊˈliːɪk)
 
n
Systematic name: cis-9-octadecenoic acid a colourless oily liquid unsaturated acid occurring, as the glyceride, in almost all natural fats used in making soaps, ointments, cosmetics, and lubricating oils. Formula: CH3(CH2)7CH:CH(CH2)7COOH
 
[C19 oleic, from Latin oleum oil + -ic]

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oleic acid o·le·ic acid (ō-lē'ĭk)
n.
An organic acid that is prepared from fats and is used in the preparation of oleates and lotions.

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oleic acid   (ō-lē'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
An oily liquid occurring in animal and vegetable oils and used in making soap. Chemical formula: C18H34O2.
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