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linoleic acid

Pronunciation: lin'o-le'ik as'id

Definition: a doubly unsaturated 18-carbon fatty acid, occurring widely in plant glycerides, that is essential in nutrition in mammals.

Synonym(s): linolic acid

[L. linum, flax, + oleum, oil]

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