oleic acid

Definitions

General Science

  • noun a colourless oily liquid obtained from animal and vegetable fats, used in the manufacture of soap, ointments, cosmetics and lubricating oils.

Food

  • A monounsaturated fatty acid which when esterified with glycerol produces a low melting point fat which is a constituent of lard making it soft and of many vegetable oils including olive oil

Medical

  • noun a fatty acid which is present in most oils
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