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aliphatic   (āl'ə-fāt'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 

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Relating to organic compounds whose carbon atoms are linked in open chains, either straight or branched, rather than containing a benzene ring. Alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes are aliphatic compounds. Compare aromatic.
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