Fatty-acid meaning

Any of a large group of monoprotic acids, especially those found in animal and vegetable fats and oils, having the general formula Cn H2n+1 COOH. Characteristically made up of saturated or unsaturated aliphatic compounds with an even number of carbon atoms, this group of acids includes palmitic, stearic, and oleic acids.
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Any of a class of lipids consisting of various saturated or unsaturated, monobasic organic acids, generally RCOOH, usually in a straight chain: they occur naturally in the form of glycerol esters in animal or vegetable fats and oils.
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Any of a large group of monoprotic acids, especially those found in animal and vegetable fats and oils, having the general formula Cn H2n+1 COOH. Characteristically made up of saturated or unsaturated aliphatic compounds with an even number of carbon atoms, this group of acids includes palmitic, stearic, and oleic acids.
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Any of a large group of organic acids, especially those found in animal and vegetable fats and oils. Fatty acids are mainly composed of long chains of hydrocarbons ending in a carboxyl group. A fatty acid is saturated when the bonds between carbon atoms are all single bonds. It is unsaturated when any of these bonds is a double bond.
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(chemistry) Any of a class of aliphatic carboxylic acids, of general formula CnH2n+1COOH, that occur combined with glycerol as animal or vegetable oils and fats. Only those with an even number of carbon atoms are normally found in natural fats.
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See also fatty acid.
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