ricinoleic acid

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ric·in·o·le·ic acid

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
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There are various substitutes for isostearic acids (such as lauric acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, ricinoleic acid, oleic acid, behenic acid, erucic acid, and coconut fatty acid), which are readily available in the market at lower prices.
6) Castor oil is not used as a food source and it is chiefly composed of triglycerides of ricinoleic acid, with minor contributions from oleic, linoleic, and others.
Besides its laxative effects that can prevent its use, ricinoleic acid has been shown to have antimicrobial (Novak et al.