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Definition of "fatty acid" []

  • Any of a large group of monobasic acids, especially those found in animal and vegetable fats and oils, having the general formula CnH2n+1COOH. 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. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fatty acid" in a sentence
  • "Pine nut oil contains pinolenic acid, a fatty acid that stimulates the body to produce two natural appetite suppressants: the hormones cholecystokinin (CCK) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1)."
  • "Other research shows that higher dietary intake of omega-3: Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and islet autoimmunity in children at increased risk for type-1 diabetes."
  • "Conjugated linoleic acid is a form of the essential fatty acid linoleic acid, found primarily in animal foods."