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Linoleic acid (C18H32O2 or CH3(CH2)4CH=CHCH2CH=CH(CH2)7COOH) is a colourless liquid. The word linoleic comes from the Greek word linon (flax). Oleic means of, relating to, or derived from oil or of or relating to oleic acid.
It is an Omega-6 fatty acid, with a double bond occurring at the sixth and ninth carbon atom (of a total of 18 carbon atoms) from the omega end of the molecule. It is known as unsaturated because of these double bonds.
- Bishop, Paul L. (2000). Pollution Prevention: Chapter 2 - Properties and Fates of Environmental Contaminants, instructional slides to accompany Pollution Prevention:Fundamentals and Practice, by Paul L. Bishop (ISBN 0073661473). Retrieved 2005-03-07.
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