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aliphatic

 [al″ĭ-fat´ik]
pertaining to any member of the group of organic compounds having a branched or straight chain structure.
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al·i·phat·ic

(al-i-fat'ik),
Denoting the acyclic carbon compounds, most of which belong to the fatty acid series.
[G. aleiphar (aleiphat-), fat, oil]
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aliphatic

adjective Referring to organic compounds in which the carbons are arranged in straight 'open' chains–eg, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes
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al·i·phat·ic

(al'i-fat'ik)
Denoting the acyclic carbon compounds, most of which belong to the fatty acid series.
[G. aleiphar (aleiphat-), fat, oil]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

aliphatic

Of any organic compound in which all carbon atom chains are arranged linearly rather than in rings, or that have rings that do not have the stability of benzene rings (see AROMATIC). All non-cyclic organic compounds are aliphatic and cyclic aliphatic compounds are called alicyclic compounds.
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