Fat Definition - Chemistry Glossary

Fat Definition: Compounds that are generally soluble in organic solvents and largely insoluble in water. Fats are triesters of glycerol and fatty acids. Fats may be either solid or liquid, though sometimes the term is reserved for solid compounds.

Examples: butter, cream, lard, vegetable oil

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