aliphatic /ˌalɪˈfatɪk / ‹Chemistry›

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I. adjective

relating to or denoting organic compounds in which carbon atoms form open chains (as in the alkanes), not aromatic rings.
II. noun

an aliphatic compound.
– origin late 19th cent. (originally used of the fatty acids): from Greek aleiphar, aleiphat- ‘fat’ + -ic.

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