Fat and oil
Hickman, Howard M. Sherex Chemical Company, Dublin, Ohio.
Last reviewed:January 2020
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Naturally occurring esters of glycerol and fatty acids that have commercial uses. Since fats and oils are triesters, they are commonly called triglycerides or simply glycerides. A glyceride may be designated a fat or oil, depending on its melting point. A fat is solid and an oil is liquid at room temperature. Some liquid waxes are incorrectly referred to as oils. See also: Animal and vegetable wax; Ester; Triglyceride
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