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Related to ricinoleic acid: castor oil
An unsaturated fatty acid, C18H34O3, prepared from castor oil and used in making soaps and in textile finishing.
[Latin ricinus, castor-oil plant + oleic.]
ricinoleic acid(ˌrɪsɪnəʊˈliːɪk; -ˈnəʊlɪɪk)
1. (Elements & Compounds) an oily unsaturated carboxylic acid found, as the glyceride, in castor oil and used in the manufacture of soap and in finishing textiles; 12-hydroxy-9-octadecanoic acid. Formula: C18H34O3
2. (Elements & Compounds) the mixture of fatty acids obtained by hydrolysing castor oil
[C19: from ricin + oleic acid]
ric′in•o•le′ic ac′id(ˈrɪs ə noʊˈli ɪk, -ˈnoʊ li ɪk, ˌrɪs-)
an unsaturated hydroxyl acid, C18H34O3, used chiefly in soaps and textile finishing.
[1840–50; < Latin ricin(us) castor-oil plant + oleic]
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|Noun||1.||ricinoleic acid - an oily fatty acid found in castor oil and used in soap|
castor oil - a purgative extracted from the seed of the castor-oil plant; used in paint and varnish as well as medically
unsaturated fatty acid - a fatty acid whose carbon chain can absorb additional hydrogen atoms