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An oily liquid monounsaturated fatty acid, C18H34O2, occurring in animal and vegetable oils and used in making soap.
(Elements & Compounds) a colourless oily liquid unsaturated acid occurring, as the glyceride, in almost all natural fats used in making soaps, ointments, cosmetics, and lubricating oils. Formula: CH3(CH2)7CH:CH(CH2)7COOH. Systematic name: cis-9-octadecenoic acid
[C19 oleic, from Latin oleum oil + -ic]
a colorless, odorless, liquid unsaturated acid, C18H34O2, used esp. in the manufacture of soap.
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|Noun||1.||oleic acid - a colorless oily liquid occurring as a glyceride; it is the major fatty acid in olive oil and canola oil; used in making soap and cosmetics and ointments and lubricating oils|
olive oil - oil from olives
monounsaturated fatty acid - an unsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has one double or triple valence bond per molecule; found chiefly in olive oil and chicken and almonds