Eicosapentaenoic-acid meaning

īkō-sə-pĕntə-ĭ-nōĭk
An omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oils.
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An omega-3 fatty acid, C20 H30 O2 , found in cold-water fish and in certain algae.
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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.
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Origin of eicosapentaenoic-acid

  • Greek eikosa- twenty, from its twenty carbon atoms (from eikosi wīkm̥tī- in Indo-European roots) -pentaene having five double bonds (penta–) (–ene) –oic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition