Linoleic-acid meaning

lĭn'ə-lē'ĭk
An unsaturated fatty acid, C18 H32 O2 , considered essential to the human diet, that is an important component of drying oils, such as linseed oil.
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An unsaturated fatty acid, C17H31COOH, found as a glyceryl ester in linseed oil and other fats and oils: used as a drying agent and in soaps, foods, etc. and considered essential in animal diets.
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An unsaturated fatty acid, C18 H32 O2 , that is considered essential to the human diet. It is an important component of drying oils, such as linseed oil.
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An unsaturated fatty acid that has two double bonds and is a nutrient essential for prostaglandin production in the human body. It is an important component of many vegetable oils, such as linseed, soybean, peanut, corn, and safflower oil, and is also found in meat and dairy products. Chemical formula: C18H32O2.
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An polyunsaturated fatty acid, having 18 carbon atoms and two double bonds, essential for human nutrition; it is found in linseed, sunflower and other vegetable oils.
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Origin of linoleic-acid

  • Greek linon flax lī̆no- in Indo-European roots oleic acid
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition