Fatty acid

Definition of Fatty acid

(Chem.) any one of the paraffin series of monocarbonic acids, as formic acid, acetic, etc.; - so called because the higher members, as stearic and palmitic acids, occur in the natural fats, and are themselves fatlike substances.

See also: Fatty

Related Words

carboxylic acid, saturated fatty acid, trans fatty acid, unsaturated fatty acid
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