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Noun: fatty acid  'fa-tee'a-sid
  1. Any of a class of aliphatic monocarboxylic acids that form part of a lipid molecule and can be derived from fat by hydrolysis; fatty acids are simple molecules built around a series of carbon atoms linked together in a chain of 12 to 22 carbon atoms

Derived forms: fatty acids

Type of: carboxylic acid

Encyclopedia: Fatty acid