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Of or relating to an organic compound, especially an oil or fatty acid, containing only one double or triple bond per molecule. Increasing dietary intake of foods containing monounsaturated fatty acids, such as olive, peanut, and canola oils and avocados, can decrease LDL cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.
(Chemistry) of or relating to a class of vegetable oils, such as olive oil, the molecules of which have long chains of carbon atoms containing only one double bond. See also polyunsaturated
mon•o•un•sat•u•rat•ed(ˌmɒn oʊ ʌnˈsætʃ əˌreɪ tɪd)
(of an organic compound) lacking a hydrogen bond at one point on the carbon chain.
Relating to an organic compound, especially an oil or fatty acid, having only one double or triple bond per molecule. See more at unsaturated.