- pertaining to a fat or oil
- of or relating to a major group of organic compounds, structured in open chains, including alkanes (paraffins), alkenes (olefins), and alkynes (acetylenes)
Origin of aliphatic; from Classical Greek aleiphar (gen. aleiphatos), fat, oil + -ic
Of, relating to, or designating a group of organic chemical compounds in which the carbon atoms are linked in open chains.
Origin of aliphaticFrom Greek aleiphar, aleiphat-, oil, from aleiphein, to anoint with oil; see leip- in Indo-European roots.
straight chain of carbon atoms of a propane molecule
From Ancient Greek ἄλειφαρ (aleiphar, “oil, ointment”).