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trans fatty acid (plural trans fatty acids)

  1. An unsaturated fatty acid in which one or more of the double bonds has the trans orientation instead of the usual cis orientation.
    • 2004, Harold McGee, chapter 1, in On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, Scribner, ISBN 978-0-684-80001-1:
      Recently, however, scientists have found that trans fatty acids produced by hydrogenation actually raise blood cholesterol levels.

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