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Glyceride

Glyceride. A fat (q.v.) in the form of an ester (q.v.) of glycerol (q.v.) and fatty acids (q.v.). Glycerides are differentiated into monoglycerides (q.v.), diglycerides (q.v.), and triglycerides (q.v.), depending on whether one, two, or all three hydroxyl groups (q.v.) of glycerol (q.v.) are esterified. Some types of glycerides or fats solidify into crystalline structures that impart plastic characteristics to shortenings (q.v.).