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Meaning of ALIPHATIC

Pronunciation:  `alu'fatik

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  having carbon atoms linked in open chains

ALIPHATIC is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: acyclic, open-chain



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Al`i*phat"ic\, a. [Gr. ?, ?, oil, fat.] (Org. Chem.)
Of, pertaining to, or derived from, fat; fatty; -- applied to
compounds having an openc-hain structure. The aliphatic
compounds thus include not only the fatty acids and other
derivatives of the paraffin hydrocarbons, but also
unsaturated compounds, as the ethylene and acetylene series.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A major class of organic compounds where carbon and hydrogen molecules are arranged in straight or branched chains. A type of hydrocarbon. Includes alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes.