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eicosapentaenoic acid

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oils.

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  • n. An omega-3 fatty acid, having 20 carbon atoms and 5 double bonds, that acts as a precursor for prostaglandin-3, thromboxane-3, and leukotriene-5 groups.

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

  • n. an omega-3 fatty acid with 20 carbon atoms; found in fish (especially tuna and bluefish)

Etymologies

Greek eikosa-, twenty, from its twenty carbon atoms (from eikosi; see wīkm̥tī- in Indo-European roots) + -pentaene, having five double bonds (penta- + -ene).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • As scientists now recognize, cod liver oil, along with fish oil, contains the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA).

    The Fiber35 Diet

  • Ebers Papyrus echinacea edamame eggplant eggs eicosapentaenoic acid EPA

    The Fiber35 Diet

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