aliphatic: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (al"u-fat'ik), [key]
— adj. Chem.
- pertaining to nonaromatic hydrocarbon compounds in which the constituent carbon atoms can be straight-chain, branched chain, or cyclic, as in alicyclic compounds; saturated, as in the paraffins; or unsaturated, as in the olefins and alkynes.
- aliphatic (Thesaurus)