One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A carboxylic acid consisting of a hydrocarbon chain and a terminal carboxyl group, especially any of those occurring as esters in fats and oils.
- ‘The cellulose is digested by the bacteria and they supply the animals with short chain fatty acids.’
- ‘The most common monounsaturated fatty acids are those oleic acids found in most oils.’
- ‘Soaps are created by the chemical reaction of a fatty acid with an alkali metal hydroxide.’
- ‘The carboxyl group on the fatty acid contributes some water solubility to the molecule.’
- ‘Vitamin E is more reactive than the fatty acid molecule and, therefore, reacts instead of it.’
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