Meaning of “fatty acid” in the English Dictionary


"fatty acid" in English

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fatty acidnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌfæt.i ˈæs.ɪd/ us /ˌfæt̬.i ˈæs.ɪd/

Examples from literature

  • Omega-3 fatty acids are very good for the health of your heart. 
  • Salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, and herring all have a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, but not many calories. 
  • So we find that it is the free and unsaturated fatty acids that cause butter and oil to become rank and rancid. 
  • The white flocks frequently found in the acid liquid, which are probably fatty acids, are separated by filtration. 
  • These esters of the fatty acids give the characteristic savor to many of our favorite fruits, candies and beverages. 
  • Yet gram for gram, fats contain virtually no nutrition except for small quantities of essential fatty acids. 

(Definition of “fatty acid” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fatty acid" in American English

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fatty acidnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfæt̬·i ˈæs·ɪd/

biology, chemistry any of a large group of acids, especially those found in fats and oils

(Definition of “fatty acid” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)