linoleic acidlin·o·le·ic acid
an unsaturated fatty acid, CHCOOH, found as a glyceryl ester in linseed oil and other fats and oils: used as a drying agent and in soaps, foods, etc. and considered essential in animal diets
Origin of linoleic acidfrom Classical Latin linum, flax + oleic
An unsaturated fatty acid, C18H32O2, that is considered essential to the human diet. It is an important component of drying oils, such as linseed oil.
Origin of linoleic acidGreek linon flax ; see l&ibremac;no- in Indo-European roots. oleic acid