Saturated fatty acid

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noun, plural: saturated fatty acids

A form of fatty acid that lacks unsaturated linkages between carbon atoms.


The name accounts for the inability of this fatty acid to absorb any more hydrogen. Saturated fatty acids are commonly found in animal fats. They include the 12-carbon containing fatty acid, lauric acid, the 14-carbon myristic acid, the 16-carbon palmitic acid, the 18-carbon stearic acid, the 20-carbon arachidic acid, the 22-carbon behenic acid, the 24-carbon lignoceric acid, and the 26-carbon cerotic acid.


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