medium-chain triglyceride

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medium-chain triglyceride (plural medium-chain triglycerides)

  1. (chemistry) Any ester of glycerol with fatty acids containing six to twelve carbons; posited to have certain beneficial health effects.
    • 2008, Lucy Atkins, The Guardian, G2, 15 Jan 2008, p. 18:
      However, it [coconut oil] differs from fats such as butter because it contains a lot of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).