Fatty Acid Definition

This is the chemical structure of the carboxylic acid functional group.
This is the chemical structure of the carboxylic acid functional group. It forms the endpoint of a fatty acid compound. Todd Helmenstine

Fatty Acid Definition: A fatty acid is a carboxylic acid with a long side chain of hydrocarbons. Most fatty acids contain an even number of carbon atoms in the hydrocarbon chain and follow the general molecular formula of CH3(CH2)xCOOH where x is the number of carbon atoms in the hydrocarbon chain.

Also Known As: monocarboxylic acids

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