linolenic acid

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lin·o·len·ic acid

An unsaturated fatty acid, C18H30O2, considered essential to the human diet. It is an important component of natural drying oils.

[Blend of linoleic acid and -ene.]

linolenic acid

(ˌlɪnəʊˈlɛnɪk; -ˈliː-)
(Elements & Compounds) a colourless unsaturated essential fatty acid found in drying oils, such as linseed oil, and used in making paints and synthetic resins; 9,12,15-octadecatrienoic acid. Formula: C18H30O2. Also called: alpha-linolenic acid

lin′o•len′ic ac′id

(ˈlɪn lˈɛn ɪk, ˌlɪn-)
an essential fatty acid, C18H30O2, used in medicine and drying oils.
[< German Linolensäure (1887), alter. of Linolsäure linoleic acid, by insertion of -en -ene]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.linolenic acid - a liquid polyunsaturated fatty acid that occurs in some plant oils; an essential fatty acid
soyabean oil, soybean oil - oil from soya beans
omega-6, omega-6 fatty acid - a polyunsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has its first double valence bond six carbons from the beginning
flaxseed oil, linseed oil - a drying oil extracted from flax seed and used in making such things as oil paints
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