fatty acid

fat·ty ac·id
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fat-ee as-id]
    • /ˈfæt i ˈæs ɪd/
    • /ˈfæt.i ˈæsɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fat-ee as-id]
    • /ˈfæt i ˈæs ɪd/

Definitions of fatty acid words

  • noun fatty acid any of a class of aliphatic acids, especially palmitic, stearic, or oleic acid, consisting of a long hydrocarbon chain ending in a carboxyl group that bonds to glycerol to form a fat. 1
  • noun fatty acid any of a class of aliphatic carboxylic acids, such as palmitic acid, stearic acid, and oleic acid, that form part of a lipid molecule 0
  • noun fatty acid another name for carboxylic acid, used esp of a naturally occurring one 0
  • noun fatty acid any of a class of lipids consisting of various saturated or unsaturated, monobasic organic acids, generally R·COOH, usually in a straight chain: they occur naturally in the form of glycerol esters in animal or vegetable fats and oils 0
  • noun fatty acid (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. 0

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Origin of fatty acid

First appearance:

before 1860
One of the 29% newest English words
First recorded in 1860-65

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Parts of speech for Fatty acid


fatty acid popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 34% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 75% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for fatty acid

noun fatty acid

  • cholesterol — Cholesterol is a substance that exists in the fat, tissues, and blood of all animals. Too much cholesterol in a person's blood can cause heart disease.
  • lipid — any of a group of organic compounds that are greasy to the touch, insoluble in water, and soluble in alcohol and ether: lipids comprise the fats and other esters with analogous properties and constitute, with proteins and carbohydrates, the chief structural components of living cells.

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