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In chemistry, especially biochemistry, an organic acid, or carboxylic acid, with a long aliphatic tail, either saturated or unsaturated.

Industrially, fatty acids are produced by the hydrolysis? of the ester linkages in a a fat or biological oil, with the removal of glycerine.

Saturated fatty acids are of the form



 R = CH2(CH2)nCH3

Unsaturated fatty acids are of similar form, except that one or more alkene functional groups exist along the chain, substituting singly-bonded


portions of the chain with doubly-bonded



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