From fat + -y. Cognate with Dutchvettig (“fatty, greasy”), Germanfettig (“fatty”).
Owing to their possession of this common property, these natural fatty bodies and various artificial derivatives of glycerin, which behave in the same way when treated with alkalis, are known as glycerides.
palm oil, it exists in the free state, so that it can be separated by washing with boiling water, which dissolves the glycerin but not the fatty glycerides.
The suberized and cuticularized cell-walls appear to contain a fatty body called suberin, and such cell-walls can be stained red by a solution of alcanin, the lignified and cellulose membranes remaining unstained.
It splits it into a fatty acid and glycerine, but seems to have no further action.
In 2006, a pig was genetically engineered to produce healthy omega-3 fatty acids.