Meaning of “unsaturated” in the English Dictionary

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"unsaturated" in British English

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unsaturatedadjective

uk /ʌnˈsætʃ.ər.eɪ.tɪd/ us /ʌnˈsætʃ.ər.eɪ.t̬ɪd/ specialized

food & drink Unsaturated fat or oil is either monounsaturated or polyunsaturated, found in plants, vegetable oil, and fish, and thought to be better for your health than saturated fat.

containing less of a substance than can be absorbed, and therefore not in a state of balance

used to describe a hydrocarbon in which the carbon atoms do not join as many hydrogen atoms as possible

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

"unsaturated" in American English

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unsaturatedadjective [ not gradable ]

/ʌnˈsætʃ·əˌreɪ·t̬ɪd/

chemistry containing less of a substance than can be absorbed, and therefore not in a state of balance

chemistry Unsaturated also describes a hydrocarbon in which the carbon atoms do not join as many hydrogen atoms as possible.

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