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arachidonic acid

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noun ar·a·chi·don·ic acid \ˌar-ə-kə-ˈdä-nik-\

Definition of arachidonic acid

  1. :  a liquid unsaturated fatty acid C20H32O2 that occurs in most animal fats, is a precursor of prostaglandins, and is considered essential in animal nutrition



Origin of arachidonic acid

New Latin Arachid-, Arachis + English -onic (as in gluconic acid)


First Known Use: 1913


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arachidonic acid

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noun ar·a·chi·don·ic acid \ˌar-ə-kə-ˌdän-ik-\

Medical Definition of arachidonic acid

  1. :  a liquid unsaturated fatty acid C20H32O2 that occurs in most animal fats, is a precursor of prostaglandins, and is considered essential in animal nutrition




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