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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.]
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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
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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]
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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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Soybean oil typically contains high levels of linoleic and linolenic acids that lead to low oil stability and off-flavors with less functionality for industrial uses, limiting the commercial marketability of the soybean oil [2].
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Table 4 shows concentration of palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, and linolenic acids, content of saturated and unsaturated FA, and their relationship as a function of the different cultivars.
Nuts are high in mono-unsaturated fat (oleic acid) values whereas walnuts are also rich in two poly-unsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic and linolenic acids (Zwarts et al., 1999; Maguire et al., 2004).
Rosa Mosqueta retails for $17.50 and acts as an ultra-rich night time moisturizer that minimizes the signs of aging and restores youthful softness to dry, delicate facial skin with the use of organic Rosa Mosqueta oil, soy-based liposomes that deliver emollients and nutrients to the skin, alpha lipoic, linolenic acids and essential fatty acids, vitamin C, retinoic acid, shea butter and lavender-glycerin.
PUFAs are liquid fats (such as linoleic and linolenic acids) that are known to cause off-odors and break down when oxidized during aging or frying.
The germplasm line's increased oleic acid level also correlates to a decrease in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), such as linoleic and linolenic acids, that cause off-odors and which break down when oxidized during aging or frying.
Inheritance of oleic, linoleic and linolenic acids in seed oil of rapeseed (Brassica napus).
The objectives of this study were to determine the inheritance and interaction of the altered fatty acid levels in RG3 and RG1, and the effects of altered levels of palmitic and linolenic acids on other fatty acids.
Studies conducted with common cultivars under extreme temperature conditions have indicated that seeds from soybean plants exposed to high daily temperatures have reduced linoleic and linolenic acids and increased oleic acid contents (Howell and Collins, 1957; Wolf et al., 1982; Dornbos and Mullen, 1992).
COMMON SOYBEAN CULTIVARS produce oil with an average of 240 g [kg.sup.-1] oleic, 540 g [kg.sup.-1] linoleic, and 80 g [kg.sup.-1] linolenic acids (Schnebly and Fehr, 1993).
Inheritance of linoleic and linolenic acids in seed oil of rapeseed Brassica napus.