linolenic acid[lin′ō lē′nik, -len′ik]
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 of linolenic acid; from linol(eic acid) + -en(e) + -ic
An unsaturated fatty acid, C18H30O2 considered essential to the human diet, that is an important component of natural drying oils.
Origin of linolenic acidBlend of linoleic acid and –ene.