Definition of fatty acid in English:

fatty acid

Syllabification: fat·ty ac·id

noun

Chemistry
A carboxylic acid consisting of a hydrocarbon chain and a terminal carboxyl group, especially any of those occurring as esters in fats and oils.
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  • Soaps are created by the chemical reaction of a fatty acid with an alkali metal hydroxide.
  • The carboxyl group on the fatty acid contributes some water solubility to the molecule.
  • The cellulose is digested by the bacteria and they supply the animals with short chain fatty acids.

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