Aliphatic Definition

ălə-fătĭk
adjective
Pertaining to a fat or oil.
Webster's New World
Of or relating to a major group of organic compounds, structured in open chains, including alkanes (paraffins), alkenes (olefins), and alkynes (acetylenes)
Webster's New World
noun

(chiefly in the plural) A petroleum fraction containing no aromatic compounds.

Wiktionary
A compound of this type.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Aliphatic

Noun

Singular:
aliphatic
Plural:
aliphatics

Origin of Aliphatic

  • From Greek aleiphar aleiphat- oil from aleiphein to anoint with oil leip- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἄλειφαρ (aleiphar, “oil, ointment”).

    From Wiktionary

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