phytanic acid(redirected from Phytanoic acid)
phy·tan·ic ac·id(fī-tan'ik as'id),
A branched-chain fatty acid that accumulates in the serum and tissues in Refsum disease and is attributed to the hereditary absence of phytanate α-oxidase; arises from phytol and acts as an inhibitor of the α-oxidation of palmitic (hexadecanoic) acid; it also accumulates in connection with some other disorders, notably peroxisomal types.
phytanic acid/phy·tan·ic ac·id/ (fi-tan´ik) a 20-carbon branched-chain fatty acid occurring at high levels in dairy products and the fat of ruminants and accumulated in the tissues in Refsum's disease.
A fatty acid derived from phytol that is present in meat and dairy products from ruminants and accumulates in the serum and tissues of patients with Refsum disease.