volatile fatty acid number -->
Reichert-Meissl number
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An index of the volatile acid content of a fat; the number of millilitres of 0.1 n KOH required to neutralise the soluble volatile fatty acids in 5 g of fat that has been saponified, acidified to liberate the fatty acids, and then steam-distilled.

Synonyms: volatile fatty acid number.

(05 Mar 2000)