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Definition of "unsaturated" []

  • Of or relating to an organic compound, especially a fatty acid, containing one or more double or triple bonds between the carbon atoms. (adjective)
  • Capable of dissolving more of a solute at a given temperature. (adjective)

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 "unsaturated" in a sentence
  • "While the pulp contains 3% protein, the seeds provide a whopping 35% and are also high in unsaturated fatty acids, probably accounting for the Aztec and Maya appreciation of their food value."
  • "Between the land surface and the aquifer water is a zone that hydrologists call the unsaturated zone."
  • "Some butterbur products contain chemicals called unsaturated pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which can harm the liver."