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linoleic acid Line breaks: lino|leic acid
Pronunciation: /ˌlɪnə(ʊ)ˈliːɪk/

Definition of linoleic acid in English:


[mass noun] Chemistry
A polyunsaturated fatty acid present as a glyceride in linseed oil and other oils and essential in the human diet.
  • Chemical formula: C17H31COOH
Example sentences
  • Unsaturated fats and oils containing high levels of linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid, have been regarded as specifically beneficial to the cardiovascular system in contrast to saturated fats.
  • Surprisingly, perhaps, the polyunsaturated fatty acids, linoleic acid and arachadonic acid, appeared to be higher in absolute terms.
  • The essential fatty acid linoleic acid is also included in the intercellular lipid complex.


Mid 19th century: from Latin linum 'flax' + oleic acid.

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