any of a group of compounds similar to the prostaglandins, which are released in the body when various cells are stimulated as by pollen, and cause constriction of air passages, swelling, and inflammation, as in asthma and rheumatoid arthritis
Origin of leukotrieneleuko- (var. of leuco-) + tri- + -ene: it contains three double bonds
Any of several lipid compounds that contain 20 carbon atoms, are related to prostaglandins, and mediate the inflammatory response.
Origin of leukotrieneleuko(cyte) + triene, a compound containing three double bonds (tri– + –ene).