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erucic acid

Line breaks: eru¦cic acid
Pronunciation: /ɪˈruːsɪk
 
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Definition of erucic acid in English:

noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
A solid compound present in mustard and rape seeds.
Example sentences
  • The original rapeseed oil, used as both a lubricant and an edible oil, was harmful when ingested because of high levels of a chemical called erucic acid.
  • The seed oil has a much reduced content of erucic acid, which is a long-chain fatty acid that is toxic to humans.
  • For both identified QTL, the results showed that the alleles associated with high erucic acid levels are derived from the Sollux parent.

Origin

mid 19th century: erucic from Latin eruca 'rocket' (denoting the plant) + -ic.

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