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oleic acid

Pronunciation: o-le'ik as'id

Definition: An 18-carbon singly unsaturated fatty acid that is the most widely distributed and abundant fatty acid in nature; used commercially in the preparation of oleates and lotions, and as a pharmaceutical solvent.

[L. oleum, oil]

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