containing 18 carbon atoms.

Organic compounds with the general formula R-OH are called alcohols. An example of an alcohol is glycerol. It has three OH groups and is called a triol and has the formula OHcH2cH(OH)cH2OH. When glycerol reacts with a saturated fatty acid, fats are typically formed. Fats are solid substances. When the product of the reaction is not a solid, it is called oil.

When glycerol reacts with unsaturated fatty acids, oils are typically formed. The reaction is similar to that with the saturated fatty acids. Oils are, of course, liquids. The fats and oils formed from the reaction of glycerol with the fatty acids are called triglycerides or triacylglycerides. Fats and oils are actually esters of glycerol and

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