Definition of fatty acid in English:

fatty acid

noun

Chemistry
  • 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 most common monounsaturated fatty acids are those oleic acids found in most oils.’
    • ‘Vitamin E is more reactive than the fatty acid molecule and, therefore, reacts instead of it.’
    • ‘The carboxyl group on the fatty acid contributes some water solubility to the molecule.’
    • ‘Soaps are created by the chemical reaction of a fatty acid with an alkali metal hydroxide.’
    • ‘The cellulose is digested by the bacteria and they supply the animals with short chain fatty acids.’

Pronunciation:

fatty acid

/ˈfadē ˈasəd/