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  1. (used with a plural verb) cattle fattened and ready for market.

Origin of fats

Plural of fat

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How to use fats in a sentence

  • By now perhaps everybody has heard the news that dairy is getting a second look as a possible source of good fats.

    Pizza Might Be Your Enemy | Daniela Drake | March 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • A very small amount may be present after ingestion of large quantities of cod-liver oil or other fats.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • We should depend more largely upon the carbohydrates and fats for heat and energy.

    The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
  • The starches and sugars, together with the fats, represent food elements which366 serve as the body's fuel.

    The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
  • The inhabitants of cold countries get their heat-releasing foods largely from fats.

    A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
  • Pancreatic fluid similarly emulsifies fats and changes them into soft soaps and fatty acids.

    A Civic Biology | George William Hunter

Cultural definitions for fats


Organic compounds that serve as a reserve of energy for the body. Fat is stored in the body's fat tissues, which provide support, protection, and insulation for the body and its organs. A balanced diet must include some fats because, in addition to providing energy for the body, they are necessary for the absorption of certain vitamins.

Notes for fats

Many people consume too much fat in their diet; this imbalance can contribute to various diseases (such as disorders of the heart). Some fats, called saturated fats, have been found to raise the level of cholesterol in the blood, whereas other fats, called unsaturated fats, may help reduce blood cholesterol levels.

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