ricinoleic acid

Definition of ricinoleic acid

ric`in`o´le`ic ac´id
n.1.(Chem.) An organic acid (C18H34O3) obtained from the castor-oil plant (Ricinus communis, or Palma Christi) and other species of the family Euphorbiaceae; chemicaly it is d-12-hydroxyoleic acid (CH3(CH2)5.CH(OH).CH2.CH=CH.(CH2)7COOH). Formerly called palmic acid.

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castor oil, unsaturated fatty acid
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