trans-fatty acid

trans-fatty acid

[trans-fat-ee]
an unsaturated fatty acid formed by the partial hydrogenation of vegetable oil, believed to raise blood cholesterol levels.
Also, trans fatty acid.


Origin:
1975–80; trans- + fatty acid

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trans-fatty acid or trans fat
 
n
a polyunsaturated fatty acid that has been converted from the cis-form by hydrogenation: used in the manufacture of margarine
 
trans fat or trans fat
 
n

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