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un·sat·u·rat·ed fat·ty acid

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  1. unsaturated fatty acidnoun

    a fatty acid whose carbon chain can absorb additional hydrogen atoms


  1. unsaturated fatty acidnoun

    A fatty acid, such as oleic acid, that contains one carbon to carbon double bond.


  1. unsaturated fatty acid

    In chemistry, particularly in biochemistry, a fatty acid is a carboxylic acid with an aliphatic chain, which is either saturated or unsaturated. Most naturally occurring fatty acids have an unbranched chain of an even number of carbon atoms, from 4 to 28. Fatty acids are a major component of the lipids (up to 70% by weight) in some species such as microalgae but in some other organisms are not found in their standalone form, but instead exist as three main classes of esters: triglycerides, phospholipids, and cholesteryl esters. In any of these forms, fatty acids are both important dietary sources of fuel for animals and important structural components for cells.


  1. unsaturated fatty acid

    An unsaturated fatty acid is a type of fatty acid that contains at least one double bond within the fatty acid chain. This means the hydrogen atoms are not fully saturated or present in each possible carbon within the chain, hence it is called 'unsaturated'. Unsaturated fatty acids are usually liquid at room temperature and are found in foods such as olive oil, nuts, avocados, and fishes. They are often considered healthier for consumption compared to saturated fatty acids.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unsaturated fatty acid in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unsaturated fatty acid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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