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arachidonic acid an unsaturated fatty acid that is an important component of the cell membrane and is considered an essential nutrient in the diet of most mammals, including humans.
carnitine a compound, particularly concentrated in muscle, required for transporting fatty acids into mitochondria.
lipase any of several enzymes produced by the liver or pancreas that aids digestion by breaking down fats into fatty acids and glycerol.
monounsaturated having one double bond, used esp. in reference to fats and fatty acids.
palmitic acid a fatty acid obtained from palm oil and other natural oils and fats that is used in making soaps.
steapsin an enzyme in the pancreatic juice that facilitates the hydrolysis of fats into fatty acids and glycerol.
stearic acid a colorless, odorless, waxlike fatty acid, occurring in many animal and vegetable fats, that is used in making candles, soaps, and cosmetics.
triglyceride an ester derived from glycerol and three fatty acid radicals which is the main component of fats and oils.
wax1 any solid, plastic substance composed of hydrocarbons, fatty acids, alcohol, and esters that is easily molded when heated. (See sealing wax.) [1/5 definitions]