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  • n. The state of being rancid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being rancid; a rancid scent or flavor, as of old oil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being rancid; a rankly sour or tainted smell and taste, as of old oil.
  • n. The chief cause of rancidity in fats is hydrolysis of the glycerides, the elements of water being taken up and the free fatty acids and glycerin being formed. The favoring conditions of the change are the presence of moisture and atmospheric oxygen, exposure to light, and contact with albuminoid and mucilaginous impurities.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being rancid; having a rancid scent or flavor (as of old cooking oil)


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  • It also solved the problem of eliminating certain objectionable features of fats in general, such as rancidity, color, odor, smoking properties when heated.

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  • The double bonds break down rapidly, producing a toxic form of fat that can be detected in food by its rancidity.

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  • Store nuts and seeds in the fridge or freezer to avoid rancidity.


  • Both canola and safflower oil are inexpensive; however, canola should be refrigerated to guard against rancidity.


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  • You can use ROE and Vitamin E to help extend the life of your lipstick because both of those additives help prevent rancidity.

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  • This particular scientist, Mayne R. Coe, of the federal bureau of chemistry and soils, was trying to find out something about rancidity in foods and what could be done about it.

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