English edit

Etymology edit

From Ancient Greek ἄλειφαρ (áleiphar, oil, ointment).

Pronunciation edit

Adjective edit

aliphatic (not comparable)

  1. (organic chemistry) Of a class of organic compounds in which the carbon atoms are arranged in an open chain.

Derived terms edit

Translations edit

Noun edit

aliphatic (plural aliphatics)

  1. A compound of this type.
  2. (chiefly in the plural) A petroleum fraction containing no aromatic compounds

See also edit