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An unsaturated fatty acid, C18H32O2, that is considered essential to the human diet. It is an important component of drying oils, such as linseed oil.
(Elements & Compounds) a colourless oily essential fatty acid found in many natural oils, such as linseed: used in the manufacture of soaps, emulsifiers, and driers. Formula: C18H32O2
[C19: from Latin līnum flax + oleic acid; so named because it is found in linseed oil]
lin′o•le′ic ac′id(ˈlɪn lˈi ɪk, ˌlɪn-, lɪˈnoʊ li ɪk)
also li•no′lic ac′id(lɪˈnoʊ lɪk)
an unsaturated fatty acid, C18H32O2, occurring as a glyceride in drying oils, as in linseed oil.
[1855–60; < Greek lín(on) flax + oleic]
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|Noun||1.||linoleic acid - a liquid polyunsaturated fatty acid abundant in plant fats and oils; a fatty acid essential for nutrition; used to make soap|
corn oil - oil from the germs of corn grains
polyunsaturated fatty acid - an unsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has more than one double or triple valence bond per molecule; found chiefly in fish and corn and soybean oil and safflower oil