Aliphatic meaning

ălə-fătĭk
Of, relating to, or designating a group of organic chemical compounds in which the carbon atoms are linked in open chains.
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Of or relating to a major group of organic compounds, structured in open chains, including alkanes (paraffins), alkenes (olefins), and alkynes (acetylenes)
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Relating to organic compounds whose carbon atoms are linked in open chains, either straight or branched, rather than containing a benzene ring. Alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes are aliphatic compounds.
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(organic chemistry) Of a class of organic compounds in which the carbon atoms are arranged in an open chain.
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A compound of this type.
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Pertaining to a fat or oil.
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(chiefly in the plural) A petroleum fraction containing no aromatic compounds.
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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