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III. General Features of Fatty Acid Structure

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The elements of fatty acid structure are quite simple. There are two essential features:

  1. A long hydrocarbon chain
  2. A carboxylic acid group
Fatty Acid Structure

The many fatty acids which occur naturally arise primarily through variation of chain length and degree of saturation.


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