Physical and Chemical Properties

Nonesterified fatty acids or free fatty acids have a polar (acidic) component and a neutral hydrocarbon component. The ratio of carbon to oxygen depends on the chain length and accounts for the solubility properties as well as the energy density of the lipid molecule. The hydrocarbon chain of the fatty acid is hydrophobic and the carboxyl end is hydrophilic, making the molecule amphipathic. This causes a dispersion of oil in water to form a mono molecular

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