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medium-chain triglycerides

Triglycerides with 8 to 10 carbon atoms. They are absorbed differently from long chain fatty acids (i.e., via the portal vein through the liver rather than as chylomicrons transported via the lymphatics) and therefore, have been used to treat malabsorption.
See also: triglyceride

medium-chain triglycerides,

n.pl fats consisting of eight to ten atoms of carbon that are not broken into smaller units; they then get transferred through the lymphatic system (as are long-chain triglycerides) but are transported intact to the liver and metabolized without first being stored in fatty tissue. This ease in metabolism helps those with fat absorption problems and may also be of use in weight loss. There are no known precautions.
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