Definition of trans-fatty acid noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


trans-fatty acid

; NAmE
(also trans-fat
BrE BrE//ˌtrænz ˈfæt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌtrænz ˈfæt//
[countable, uncountable] Diet, Unhealthy eating habits
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a type of fat produced when oils are changed by a chemical process into solids, for example to make margarine. Trans-fatty acids are believed to encourage the harmful development of cholesterol. foods that are low in trans-fatty acids see also monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, saturated fat, unsaturated fat See related entries: Diet, Unhealthy eating habits
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