linolenic acid[lin′ō lē′nik, -len′ik]
linolenic acid definition by Webster's New World
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an unsaturated fatty acid, CHCOOH, found as a glyceryl ester in fats and oils: used in drying oils, varnishes, resins, paints, etc. and considered essential in animal diets
Origin: ; from linol(eic acid) plush -en(e) plush -ic
linolenic acid definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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An unsaturated fatty acid, C17H29COOH, considered essential to the human diet, that is an important component of natural drying oils.
Origin: Blend of linoleic acid and -ene.
linolenic acid - Science Definition
An unsaturated fatty acid that has three double bonds and is a nutrient essential to the formation of prostaglandins in the human body. Linolenic acid belongs to the class of omega-3 fatty acids. It is an important component of natural drying oils (such as linseed oil) and is also found in some fish oils. Chemical formula: C18H30O2.