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Related to linolenic acid: Alpha linolenic acid
an essential fatty acid that cannot be synthesized by animal tissues and must be obtained in the diet.
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lin·o·len·ic ac·id(lin'ō-len'ik as'id), Do not confuse this word with linoleic acid.
9,12,15-octadecatrienoic acid (also referred to as α-l); an 18-carbon triply unsaturated fatty acid that is essential in the nutrition of mammals. γ-linolenic acid is 6,9,12-octadecatrienoic acid.
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An unsaturated fatty acid, C18H30O2, considered essential to the human diet. It is an important component of natural drying oils.
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linolenic acidAn essential 18-carbon fatty acid with 3 unsaturated bonds of either plant (alpha-linolenic acid) or animal (gamma-linolenic acid) origin.
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lin·o·len·ic ac·id(lin'ō-len'ik as'id) Do not confuse this word with linoleic acid.
An 18-carbon triply unsaturated fatty acid that is essential in the nutrition of mammals.
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linolenic acidAn essential fatty acid. Like LINOLEIC and arachidonic acids it is polyunsaturated and found in vegetable oils and wheat germ.
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