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fatty acid

noun Biochemistry.
  1. 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.
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Origin of fatty acid

First recorded in 1860–65
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  • In addition to members of the fatty-acid series, mention may be made of the following well-known acids.

    An Elementary Study of Chemistry

    William McPherson


British Dictionary definitions for fatty acid

fatty acid

noun
  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 in Medicine

fatty acid

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

fatty acid

[fătē]
  1. 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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