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Biochemistry

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Fatty Acid Classifications

BIOCHM-19DS3E

Fatty acids are biomolecules composed of a hydrocarbon chain with a carboxylic acid moiety at one end.

Fatty acids that do not contain any carbon-carbon double bonds are known as

. Fatty acids with exactly one carbon-carbon double bond are known as

while those with multiple carbon-carbon double bonds are known as

. The configuration of double bonds (stereochemistry) in naturally-occurring fatty acids is most likely to be

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