polyunsaturated fatty acid

Definitions of polyunsaturated fatty acid
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n an unsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has more than one double or triple valence bond per molecule; found chiefly in fish and corn and soybean oil and safflower oil

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omega-3, omega-3 fatty acid
a polyunsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has its first double valence bond three carbons from the beginning
omega-6, omega-6 fatty acid
a polyunsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has its first double valence bond six carbons from the beginning
linoleic acid, linolic acid
a liquid polyunsaturated fatty acid abundant in plant fats and oils; a fatty acid essential for nutrition; used to make soap
alpha-linolenic acid
a polyunsaturated fatty acid with 18 carbon atoms; the only omega-3 fatty acid found in vegetable products; it is most abundant in canola oil; a fatty acid essential for nutrition
docosahexaenoic acid
an omega-3 fatty acid with 22 carbon atoms; found in fish (especially tuna and bluefish)
eicosapentaenoic acid
an omega-3 fatty acid with 20 carbon atoms; found in fish (especially tuna and bluefish)
linolenic acid
a liquid polyunsaturated fatty acid that occurs in some plant oils; an essential fatty acid
Type of:
unsaturated fatty acid
a fatty acid whose carbon chain can absorb additional hydrogen atoms

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