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 acid; from Classical Latin linum, flax + oleic
An unsaturated fatty acid, C18H32O2, considered essential to the human diet, that 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.