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erucic acid[ĕ-roo´sik as´id]
a monounsaturated fatty acid that is a major constituent of certain oils, such as rapeseed oil. Because it has been linked to cardiac muscle damage, oils such as canola oil were developed that are low in erucic acid.
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e·ru·cic ac·id(ĕ-rū'sik as'id),
A 22-carbon unsaturated fatty acid present in the seeds of nasturtium (Indian cress) and of several Cruciferae species (rape, mustard, and wallflower); thought to be toxic to cardiac muscle.
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A monounsaturated fatty acid, C22H42O2, making up 40 to 50 percent of the total fatty acid in rapeseed, wallflower seed, and mustard seed, used in manufacturing cosmetics and photographic emulsions and films and as a lubricant.
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