(Greek: a suffix; pertaining to; of the nature of, like; in chemistry, it denotes a higher valence of the element than is expressed by -ous)

acyclic (adjective), more acyclic, most acyclic
1. In botany, a reference; especially. to flowers whose parts are arranged in spirals rather than in whorls, as with magnolias.

A whorl is an arrangement of leaves, petals, sepals, etc., in a circle around the stem.

2. In chemistry, having an open-chain molecular structure rather than a ring-shaped structure.
In Botany, having the stamens in a parcel or parcels.
Without dendrites or branched extensions of nerve-cell neurons that receive electrical signals from other neurons and conducts those signals to the cell body.
Pertaining to or resembling a gland.
adiabatic (adjective), more adiabatic, most adiabatic
In thermodynamics, describing a process in which there is no transfer of heat into or out of the system in question: The research indicated that there was an adiabatic loss or gain of heat for the proposed manufacturing of the material.
Not capable of transmitting actinic rays or those relating to the chemically active rays of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Impermeability to heat (not allowing heat to pass through or to diffuse).
1. Of a fatty nature; fatty; fat.
2. The fat present in the cells of adipose tissue.

Adipic Functions

The dermis is separated from the underlying sturctures by a layer of loose connective tissue and adipose tissue consisting of cells in which adipic material is stored in the form of globules (subcutaneous lipids).

Adipose also acts as an insulating layer that reduces loss of heat from the body, besides having a mechanical protective effect (cushioning).

Book of the Body, The Way Things Work
Simon and Schuster; New York; 1973; page 404.

A reference to the production of fat, either fatty degeneration or fatty infiltration; also applied to the normal deposition of fat or to the conversion of carbohydrate or protein to fat. Also, lipogenic.
A reference to or marked by fatty degeneration of the liver.
A substance or factor that causes movement of stored lipid (fat).
Acting on or stimulating the adrenal cortex.