from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or designating a group of organic chemical compounds in which the carbon atoms are linked in open chains.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of a class of organic compounds in which the carbon atoms are arranged in an open chain.
- n. A compound of this type.
- n. A petroleum fraction containing no aromatic compounds
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or derived from, fat; fatty; -- applied to compounds having an open-chain 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. Compare
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to fat; fatty; specifically, in chem., designating compounds which have only an open chain of carbon atoms, as distinguished especially from aromatic compounds, which contain a ring of carbon atoms, he natural fats consist chiefly of compounds of this type.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having carbon atoms linked in open chains
From Greek aleiphar, aleiphat-, oil, from aleiphein, to anoint with oil; see leip- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἄλειφαρ (aleiphar, "oil, ointment"). (Wiktionary)