Leukotriene meaning

lo͝o'kə-trī'ēn
Any of several lipid compounds that contain 20 carbon atoms, are related to prostaglandins, and mediate the inflammatory response.
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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.
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Any of several lipid compounds that contain 20 carbon atoms, are related to prostaglandins, and mediate the inflammatory response.
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(biochemistry) Any of several physiologically active lipids, related to the prostaglandins, that participate in allergic responses.
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Origin of leukotriene

  • leuko(cyte) triene a compound containing three double bonds (tri–) (–ene)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition