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Analytical Division

Common (non-systematic) Names for Fatty Acids

List prepared by R. O. Adlof and F. D. Gunstone
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The authors have done their best to minimize errors. To report errors or suggest additions contact Rich Adlof or AOCS.

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Common name (acid) Structure Source
Acetic 2:0 Platelet activating factor
Acetonic 2-OH, 2-Me 3:0 Flax
Acrylic 2e-3:1 Nnc
Adipic 6:0 di-acid Nnc
Adrenic 7c10c13c16c-22:4 Adrenal lipids
Agonandoic 9a11t-18:2 Santalum acuminatum
Agonandric 8-OH, 9c11t-18:2 Agonandra, Iodina
Ajenoic 3c5c7c9c11e-12:5 Llaveia axia
Alchornoic cis-14,15-ep 11c-20:1 Alchornia cordifolia
Alepraic See Alepramic -
Alepramic 3-Cp 3:0 Flacourtiaceae seed oils
Aleprestic 5-Cp 5:0 Flacourtiaceae seed oils
Alepric 9-Cp 9:0 Flacourtiaceae seed oils
Aleprolic 1-Cp 1:0 Flacourtiaceae seed oils
Aleprylic 7-Cp 7:0 Flacourtiaceae seed oils
Aleuritic 9,10,16-triOH 16:0 Shellac
Aleutiric 9,10,18-triOH 18:0 Cork, Olea, Agave
Alvaradoic 6a17e-18:2 Alvaradoa amorphoides
Alvaradonic 8a17e-18:2 Alvaradoa amorphoides
Ambrettolic 16-OH 7c-16:1 Muskmelon seed oil
Anacyclic 2t4t8a10a-14:4 -
Angelic (2Z)-2-Me 4:1 Angelica archangelica
Anteisoheptadecanoic 14Me 16:0 Animal fats
Anteisononadecanoic 16Me 18:0 Animal fats
Anteisopentadecanoic 12Me 14:0 Animal fats
Anteisotridecanoic 10Me 12:0 Animal fats
Aquilegic See Columbinic -
Arachidic 20:0 Groundnut (peanut) oil
Arachidonic 5c8c11c14c-20:4 Animal phospholipids
Argemonic See Argenonic  
Argenonic 6-OH 6-Me, 9-oxo-28:0 Papaveraceae
Artemesic See Coriolic -
Asclepic 11c-18:1 Asclepia oils
Ascorbic Vitamin C -
Athanacalvic 9-OH 9t16c12a14a-18:4 Athanasia calva
Auricolic 14-OH 11c17c-20:2 Lesquerella auriculata
Avenoleic 15(R)-OH 9c12c-18:2 -
Axillarenic (Axillaric) 11,13-di OH, 9c-24:1 Euphorbiaceae
Azelaic 9:0 di-acid Nnc
Behenic 22:0 Lophira alata
Behenolic 13a-22:0 Nnc
Bishomocolumbinic 7c11c14t-20:3 -
Bishomopinolenic 7c11c14c-20:3 -
Bolekic 9a11a13c-18:3 Isano oil
Bosseopentaenoic 5c8c10t12t14c-20:5 Bossiella orbigniana
Brassidic 13t-22:1 trans form of erucic acid
Brassylic 13:0 di-acid Nnc
Buiolic (jalapinolic) 11-OH 16:0 -
Butolic 6-OH 14:0 Shellac
Butyric 4:0 Milk fats
Caleic 3t9t12c-18:3 Compositae, Aster, Artium
Calendic (α) 8t10t12c-18:3 Calendula officinalis
Calendic (β) 8t10t12t-18:3 trans form of α-calendic acid
Calendulic See Calendic (α) -
Callosobruchusic 3,7-di-Me,2c-8:1 di-acid Callosobruchus chinensis
Calthic See Podocarpic -
Capric 10:0 Lauric oils
Caproic 6:0 Milk fats
Caproleic 9c-10:1 Milk fats
Capronic See Caproic -
Caprylic 8:0 Lauric oils
Carboceric 27:0 Malus domestica
Carnaubic See Lignoceric -
Cascarillic 3,4-Mt-10:0 Croton eluteria L. bark
Catalpic 9t11t13c-18:3 Catalpa ovata
Cerebronic 2-OH 24:0 Cerebrosides
Ceromelissic See Psyllic -
Ceroplastic 35:0 Nnc
Cerotic 26:0 Waxes, Chrysanthemum, Cucurbita, Aster
Cervonic See DHA -
Cetelaidic 11t-22:1 Hydrogenated fish oils
Cetoleic 11c-22:1 Fish oils
Chaulmoogric 13-Cp 13:0 Flacourtiaceae seed oils
Chrysobalanic 4-oxo 9c11t13t15c-18:4 Chrysobalanus icaco
Cilienic 6,11c-18:2 -
cis-Vaccenic See Asclepic -
Citraconic (Z)-2-Me 4:1 di-acid -
Citronnelic See Rhodinic -
Civetic 8t-17:1 di-acid -
CLA Conjugated 18:2 isomers Ruminant fats
Clupadonic See DPA -
Clupanodonic 4c8c12c15c19c-20:5c Fish oils
Colneleic 9-oxa-8t10t12c-18:3 Enzymic oxidation of linoleic acid
Colnelenic 9-oxa-8t10t12c15c-18:4 Enzymic oxidation of linolenic acid
Columbinic 5t9c12c-18:3 Aquilegia vulgaris
Coniferonic 5c9c12c15c-18:4 Conifer
Convolvulinolic (1 of 3) 3,12-diOH-16:0 -
Convolvulinolic (2 of 3) 11-OH 15:0 Ipomea oils
Convolvulinolic (3 of 3) 11-OH 14:0 Ipomea oils
Coriolic 13-OH 9c11t-18:2 Xeranthemum annuum
Coronaric cis-9,10-ep 12c-18:1 Chrysanthemum coronarium
Couepic See Licanic Couepia grandiflora
Couepinic (Coupenic) See Licanic (a) Licania parinarium
Crepenynic (Crepeninic) 9c12a-18:2 Crepis and Afzelia oils
Crotonic 2t-4:1 Angelica roots
Daturic (Daturinic) See Margaric Animal fats
Dehydrocrepenyic 9c12a14c-18:3 Afzelia
Demospongic C24-C34 5c9c-diene acids Sponges
Dendrotrifidic 16-OH, 9c12a14a17e-18:4 Dendropanax trifidus
Dendryphiellic 6-Me 2c4c-8:2 Dendryphyiella salina
Densipolic 12(R)-OH 9c15c-18:2 Lesquerella densipila
Denticetic 5c-12:1 Lauraceae
DHA 4c7c10c13c16c19c-22:6 Fish oils, Sesbania, Quercus, Diospyros
Dicramin 6a9c12c15c-18:4 Dicramium scoparium
Dihomogammalinolenic 8c11c14c-20:3 Animal phospholipids
Dihomolinoleic 11c14c-20:2 -
Dihomolinolenic 11c14c17c-20:3 Animal fats
Dihomo Mead's acid 7c10c13c-22:3 -
Dihomopinolenic 7c11c14c-20:3 Pinacae family
Dihomotaxoleic 7c11c-20:2 Taxus spp.
Dihydrofulgidic 9S,12S,13S-tri-OH 10t-18:1 -
Dihydromalvalic 8,9-P-18:0 -
Dihydromalyngic 9S,12R,13S-tri-OH 10t-18:1 Malvaceae
Dihydroxystearic 9,10-diOH 18:0 -
α-Dimorphecolic 9-OH,10t12c-18:2 Dimorphecolic pluvialis
β-Dimorphecolic 9-OH,10t12t-18:2 Dimorphecolic pluvialis
DPA 7c10c13c16c19c-22:5 Fish oils
Elaidic 9t-18:1 Trans isomer of oleic acid
Elaidolinolenic See Linolenelaidic -
EPA 5c8c11c14c17c-20:5 Fish oils
Eleostearic (α) 9c11t13t-18:3 Momordica charantia**, Euphorbiaceae
Eleostearic (β) 9t11t13t-18:3 Tung oil
Eleostearinic See Eleostearic (a) -
Enanthic (enanthoic) 7:0 Albae, Cucurbitaceae
Ephedrenic 5c11c-18:2 Ephedra
Ephedric See Ephedrenic -
Equisetolic 30:0 di-acid Equisetum telmateia spores
Eranthic 5c13c16c-22:3 Ranunculaceae
Erucic 13c-22:1 Cruciferae seed oils
Erythrogenic See Isanic -
D-Erythronic 2R,3R,4 tri-OH 4:0 -
L-Erythronic 2S,3S,4 tri-OH 4:0  
Exocarpic 9a11a13t-18:3 Isano oil
Farnesenic 3,7,11-tri-Me 2,6,10-15:3 Juvenile hormone; all isomers known
Farnesic See Farnesenic  
Farnesolic See Farnesenic  
Farnesylic See Farnesenic  
Floionolic See Phloionolic acid -
Fomentic 2-Me 3,3-di-18:0 4:0 di-acid Fomes fomentarius
Fuconic 2,3,4,5-tetraOH 6:0 Sugar derivative, many stereochemistries.
Fulgidic 9R,12R,13R tri-OH 10t,15c-18:2 Rudbeckia fulgida
Fumaric 2t-4:1 di-acid Fumaria officianalis (in many plants)
Furocarpic 9,12-ep, 9t12t-18:2 Exocarpus cupressiformis
Gadelaidic 9t-20:1 Trans form of gadoleic acid
Gadoleic 9c-20:1 Fish oils
Gaidic 2t-16:1 -
Galactaric See Fuconic -
Gamma Linolenic See GLA -
Gamolenic See GLA -
Geddic 34:0 -
Geranic 3,7-di-Me 2t6e-8:2 Daphne flowers, Rodgersia podophylla
Gheddic 34:0 -
GLA 6c9c12c-18:3 Evening primrose, borage, etc
Glutamic 2-NH2 5:0 di-acid Bacterial cell peptidolipids
Glutaric 5:0 di-acid Nnc
Glycolic 2-OH 2:0 -
Gondoic 11c-20:1 Fish oils
Gondoleic* 9c-20:1 -
Gorlic 13-Cp 6c-13:1 Flacourticeae oils
Goshuyic 5c8c-18:2 Rutaceae
Halphenic See Malvalic -
Helenynolic 9-OH 10t12a-18:2 Helychrysum bracteatum
Hendecenoic See Undecylenic -
Hiragonic 6c10c14c-16:3 Fish oils
Homotoluic PhCH2CH2COOH Tail gland, red deer
Hormelic 15-Cp 15:1 Flacourticeae oils
Hydnocarpic 11-Cp 11:0 Flacourticeae oils
Hydrosorbic* 3t-16:1 di-acid -
11-Hydroxyceromelissic 11-OH 33:0 Argemone mexicana
Hydroxynervonic 2-OH 15c-24:1 Sphingolipids
Hyenic 25:0 -
Iponic See Sebacic -
Ipurolic 3,11-diOH 14:0 Ipomoca oils
Isanic 9a11a17e-18:3 Isano oil
Isanolic 8-OH 9a11a17e-18:3 Isano oil
Isoarachidic 18-Me 19:0 -
Isobutyric 2-Me 3:0 -
Isocapric 8-Me 9:0 -
Isocaproic 4-Me 5:0 -
Isocerotic 24-Me 25:0 -
Isocrotonic 2c-4:1 -
Isogorlic 4c,2-Cp-18:2 -
Isoheptadecanoic 15-Me-16:0 -
Isolauric 10-Me-11:0 -
Isoleucic 2R-Me, 3R-OH 6:0 Turkish tobacco leaves
Isolinolenic See Columbinic -
Isomargaric 15-Me 16:0 -
Isomontanic 26-Me-27:0 -
Isomycomycin* 3c5c7a9a11a-13:5 -
Isomyristic 12-Me 13:0 -
Isononadecanoic 17-Me 18:0 -
Isooctadecanoic i-18:0; 16Me-17:0  
Isooleic 10c-18:0 Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil
Isopalmitic 14-Me 15:0 -
Isopentadecanoic 13-Me 14:0 -
Isoricinoleic 9-OH,12c-18:1 Wrightia
Isostearic 16-Me 17:0 -
Isotridecanoic 11-Me 12:0 -
Isovaleric 3-Me 4:0 Porpoise, dolphin
Ixoric 8c10c12c14t-18:4 Ixora chinensis
Jacaric 8c10t12c-18:3 Jacaranda mimosifolia
Jalapinolic 11-OH 16:0 Jalap resin
Japanic 21:0 di-acid -
Juniperic 16-OH 16:0 Conifer waxes
Juniperinic 16-OH 16:0 Conifer waxes
Juniperonic 5c11c14c17c-20:4 Conifer waxes
Kamlolenic (α) 18-OH 9c11t13t-18:3 Kamala oil
Kamlolenic (β) 18-OH 9t11t13t-18:3 Kamala oil
Kerrolic* 4-OH 16:0 Shellac
Keteleeronic 5c11c-20:2 Gymnosperm sp.
Labellenic 5e,6e-18:2 (R)-form Leonotis seed oil
Lacceric 32:0 Stick lac wax
Lacceroic See Lacceric Stick lac wax
Lactaric See Stearic -
Lactarinic 6-oxo 18:0 Lactarius rufus
Laetisaric 8-OH, 9c12c-18:2 Aspergillus nidulans
Lanoceric di-OH 30:0 -
Lamenallenic 5c,6c-18:2 Laminum purpureum oil
Lactobacillic 11,12-Mt 18:0 Micro-organisms
Lauric 12:0 Lauric oils
Lauroleic 9c-12:1 Lauraceae
Leptomeric See Pyrulic -
Lesquerolic 14-OH 11c-20:1 Lesquerella spp.
Leucic 2-OH, 4-Me 5:0 Turkish tobacco leaves
Levulic See Levulinic -
Levulinic 4-oxo-5:0 -
Licanic (α) 4-oxo 9c11t13t-18:3 Licania rigida
Licanic (β) 4-oxo 9t11t13t-18:3 Trans-form of α-licanic acid
Lignoceric 24:0 Waxes
Linderic 4c-12:1 Lindera obtusiloba
Linelaidic 9t12t-18:2 All-trans form of linoleic acid
Linoleic 9c12c-18:2 All seed oils
Linolenelaidic 9t12t15t-18:3 All-trans form of linolenic acid
Linolenic 9c12c15c-18:3 Linseed
γ-Linolenic See GLA  
Linolic See Linoleic -
Lumequeic See Lumequic -
Lumequic 21c-30:1 Ximenia spp.
Linusic 9,10,12,13,15,16-hexaOH 18:0 From linolenic acid
Lycaonic 12-oxo-18:0 -
Lycopodic 11t-16:1 -
Maleic 2c-4:1 di-acid -
DL-Malic 2-OH 4:0 di-acid Hibiscus sabdariffa
Malonic 3:0 di-acid -
Malvalic 8,9-P 8c-18:1 Cottonseed oil
Malvalinic See Malvalic -
Malvic See Malvalic -
Malyngic 9S,12R,13S tri-OH 10t,15c-18:2  
Manaoic/manoaic 11-Cp 6c-11:0 Flacourtiaceae seed oils
Mangold's acid 9t11t-18:2 -
Margaric 17:0 Animal fats
Margarolic See Eleostearic (a) -
Matricaria acid 2t4a6a8t-10:4 -
Z,E-Matricaric 2c4a6a8t-10:4 Erigeron philadelphicus
Mead's acid 5c8c11c-20:3 Metabolite of oleic acid
Megatomic (megatomoic) 3t5c-14:2 Black carpet beetle pheromone
Mesaconic (E)-2-Me-4:1 di-acid -
Melissic 30:0 Bayberry
Micolipodienoic See Mycolipenic  
Mikusch's acid 10t12t-18:2 Chilopsis linearis
Minquartynoic 17-OH-9a11a13a15a-18:4 Minquartia guianensis bark
Montanic 28:0 Waxes (I.e., carnuba)
Moroctic See Stearidonic -
Mucic See Fuconic -
Mycinonic 4-Me, 5-OH 2t-7:1 Micromonospora griseorubida
Mycoceranic 2,4,6-tri-Me 26:0 Tubercle bacilli
Mycocerosic See Mycoceranic -
Mycolic RCHOHCH(R')COOH Mycobacteria
Mycolipenic 2,4,6-tri-Me-2t-24:1 Tubercle bacilli
Mycomycin 3t5c7e8e10a12a-13:6 Nocardia acidophilus
Myristelaidic 9t-14:1 Trans form of myristoleic acid
Myristic 14:0 Lauric oils
Myristoleic 9c-14:1 -
Nemotinic 4-OH, 5e6e8a10a-11:4 Basidiomycetis molds
Nerolic 3,7-di-Me 2c6e-8:2 -
Nervonic 15c-24:1 Shark liver oils
Nisinic 24:6, all- cis-6,9,12,15,18,21 Fish oils
Nonylic See Pelargonic -
Norlinoleic 8c11c-17:2 -
Norlinolenic 8c11c14c-17:3 Libiatae
Obtusilic 4c-14:1 Lindera obtusiloba
Oleic 9c-18:1 All oils and fats
Oncobic 15-Cp 8c-15:1 Flacourtiaceae seed oils
Osbond's acid See DPA -
Oxalic 2:0 di-acid -
Palmitelaidic 9t-16:1 trans form of petroselinic acid
Palmitic 16:0 All oils and fats
Palmitoleic 9c-16:1 Fish oils, macadamia oil
Parinaric (α) 9c11t13t15c-18:4 Parinarium laurinum
Parinaric (β) 9t11t13t15t-18:4 trans form of a-parinaric acid
Paullinic 13c-20:1 Elaeagnaceae
Pelargonic 9:0 Sideritis, Allium
Palmitvaccenic 11c-16:1 Elaeagnaceae
Petroselaidic 6t-18:1 Trans form of petroselinic acid_
Petroselinic 6c-18:1 Umbelliferae oils
Phellogenic 22:O di-acid Anacardiaceae
Phellonic 22-OH 22:0 Cork
Phloionolic See Aleutiric  
Phlomic 7e,8e-20:2 Labiatae
*Phthioic 3,13,19-tri-Me 23:0 -
Phrenosic See Cerebronic -
Phrenosinic See Cerebronic -
Phthianoic See Mycoceranic -
Phthioic Polybranched acids Micro-organisms
Physeteric 5c-14:1 Whale oil
Physetoleic See Palmitoleic -
Phytanic 3,7,11,15-tetra-Me 16:0 Marine animal fats
Phytenic* See Phytenoic -
Phytenoic 3,7,11,15-tetra-Me 2e-16:1 Marine animal fats
Phytomonic See Lactobacillic -
Pimelic 7:0 di-acid -
Pinolenic 5c9c12c-18:3 Toucrium depressum
Pivalic 2,2-di-Me 3:0 -
Podocarpic 5c11c14c-20:3 Podocarpus nagera, Pinus species
Pristanic 2,6,10,14-tetra-Me 15:0 Marine animal fats
Propioic (propynoic) 2a-3:0 -
Pseudoeleostearic 10t12t14t-18:3 Isomerized linolenic acid
Psyllic 33:0 -
Punicic 9c11t13c-18:3 Punica granatum,Trichosanthes anguina *
Pyrulic 8a10t-17:2 Pyrularia pubera
Ranunculeic See Columbinic -
Rapinic See Oleic -
Rhodinic 3,7-di-Me,6e-8:1 Callitris glauca
Ricinelaidic 12-OH 9t-18:1 trans form of ricinoleic acid
Ricinenic 9c,11c-18:2 Taxus baccata
Ricinic See Ricinoleic -
Ricinoleic 12-OH 9c-18:1 Castor oil
Rosilic 10-OH 18:0 Leaf waxes
Roughanic acid 16:3(n-3) Plants
Rumenic 9c11t-18:2 Ruminant fats
Sabinic 12-OH 12:0 Juniperus oxydecrus leaves
Santalbic See Ximenynic -
Sapienic* 6c-16:1 Human sebum lipids
Sarcinic 12Me-14:0 Sarcina & other microbial lipids
Sativic (santivinic) 9,10,12,13-tetraOH 18:0 From oxidation of linoleic acid
Scammonolic See Jalapinolic -
Sciadonic See Podocarpic -
*Scoliodonic 24:5 Nnc
Sebacic 10:0 di-acid -
Sebaleic 5c,8c-18:2 Human sebum lipids
Selacholeic See Nervonic  
Shibic 26:5 Fish oils
Sorbic *** 2t4t-6:2 di-acid Sorbus aucuparia
Stearculic (stearculinic) See Sterculic -
Stearic 18:0 Animal fats, cocoa butter
Stearidonic 6c9c12c15c-18:4 Echium oils, fish oils
Stearolic 9a-18:1 Santalaceae
Sterculic 9,10-P 9c-18:1 Cottonseed oil
Sterculynic 9,10-Mt 9c17a-18:2 Sterculia alata
Stillingic 2c4t-10:2 Sapium sebiferum
Suberic 8:0 di-acid -
Succinic 4:0 di-acid -
Talgic See Stearic -
Tanacetumoleic See Palmitvaccenic -
Tariric 6a-18:1 Picramnia spp.
Tartaric 2,3-diOH 4:0 di-acid Many fruits
Taxoleic 5c9c-18:2 Gymnospermae seed lipids
Telfairic See Linoleic -
Thalictric 5t-18:1 Ranunculaceae
Thapsic See Thaspic -
Thaspic 16:0 di-acid Waxes
(+/–) Threonic 2,3,4 tri-OH 4:0  
D-Threonic 2R,3S,4 tri-OH 4:0  
L-Threonic 2S,3R,4 tri-OH 4:0  
Threonine 2-NH2, 3-OH 4:0 Protein hydrolysates
Thynnic 26:6 (probably n-3) Fish oils
Tiglic (2E)-2-Me 4:1 -
Timnodonic See EPA -
Traumatic 2t-20:1 di-acid -
Trichosanic See Punicic -
Tsuduic 4c-14:1 Lindera obtusiloba
Tsuzuic 4c-14:1 Lindera obtusiloba
Tuberculostearic 10-Me 18:0 Tubercle bacilli
Tureptholic See Convolvulinolic -
Undecylenic 10e-11:1 Castor oil
Ursolic 30-OH-30:0 -
Ustilic 15,16-diOH 16:0 Ustilagic acid (antibiotic)
Ustilic B 2,15,16-triOH 16:0 Ustilagic acid (antibiotic)
cis-Vaccenic See Asclepic  
Valerianic See Valeric -
Valeric 5:0 -
Valproic 2-Propyl 5:0 -
Ventosic 9,10,12,13-tetraOH-22:0  
Vernolic cis-12,13-ep, 9c-18:1 Vernonia oils (crepis, geranium
Wyeronic acid* 4,7-ep, 8-oxo, 2t9a11c-14:5 Exocarpus cupressiformis
Ximenic 17c-26:1 Ximenia americana
Ximenynic 9a11t-18:2 Santalum acuminatum
Ximenynolic 8-OH, 9a11t-18:2 -
Xionenynic 8a10c-18:2 -
Zoomaric See Palmitoleic -