trans-fatty acid
noun Date: 1953 an unsaturated fatty acid characterized by a trans arrangement of alkyl chains that is formed especially during the hydrogenation of vegetable oils and has been linked to an increase in blood cholesterol

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  • trans-fatty acid — tran(t)s fat ē , tranz n any of various unsaturated fatty acids that are characterized by a trans arrangement of alkyl chains, that are formed esp. during the hydrogenation of vegetable oils, and that have been linked to an increase in blood… …   Medical dictionary

  • trans fatty acid — trans fat UK / US or trans fatty acid UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms trans fat : singular trans fat plural trans fats a type of solid fat such as margarine produced when vegetable oils are changed by a chemical process. These… …   English dictionary

  • trans fatty acid — noun a fatty acid that has been produced by hydrogenating an unsaturated fatty acid (and so changing its shape); found in processed foods such as margarine and fried foods and puddings and commercially baked goods and partially hydrogenated… …   Useful english dictionary

  • trans-fatty acid — ˈ ̷ ̷ ˈ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ noun : an unsaturated fatty acid characterized by a trans arrangement of alkyl chains that is formed especially during the hydrogenation of vegetable oils and has been linked to an increase in blood cholesterol * * * ˌtrans fatty …   Useful english dictionary

  • trans-fatty acid — an unsaturated fatty acid formed by the partial hydrogenation of vegetable oil, believed to raise blood cholesterol levels. Also, trans fatty acid. [1975 80; TRANS + FATTY ACID] * * * …   Universalium

  • trans-fatty acid — trans′ fat ty ac′id ortrans′ fat ty ac′id n. nut an unsaturated fatty acid formed by the partial hydrogenation of vegetable oil, believed to raise blood cholesterol levels • Etymology: 1975–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • Trans fatty acid — An unhealthy substance, also known as trans fat, made through the chemical process of hydrogenation of oils. Hydrogenation solidifies liquid oils and increases the shelf life and the flavor stability of oils and foods that contain them. Trans fat …   Medical dictionary

  • trans fatty acid — noun An unsaturated fatty acid in which one or more of the double bonds has the trans orientation instead of the usual cis orientation. Syn: trans fat …   Wiktionary

  • trans fatty acid — noun a type of unsaturated fat occurring naturally in meat and dairy products but also created as a side effect of the hydrogenation of plant oils in the process of creating margarine; thought to increase the risk of coronary heart disease …   Australian English dictionary

  • Fatty acid — One of many molecules that are long chains of lipid carboxylic acid found in fats and oils and in cell membranes as a component of phospholipids and glycolipids. (Carboxylic acid is an organic acid containing the functional group COOH.) Fatty… …   Medical dictionary

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