docosahexaenoic acid

noun

do·​co·​sa·​hex·​a·​e·​no·​ic acid ˌdō-kō-sə-ˌhek-sə-ˌē-ˈnō-ik- How to pronounce docosahexaenoic acid (audio)
: an omega-3 fatty acid C22H32O2 found especially in fish of cold waters
abbreviation DHA

Examples of docosahexaenoic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That is omega 3 fatty acids and specifically, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Sheah Rarback, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Types of Omega-3 Fatty Acids There are three main types of omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023 The Best Natural Anti Inflammatory Agents Omega 3 Fatty Acids Omega 3 fatty acids are a type of healthy fat that comes in three forms, which are ALAs (alpha-linoleic acid), EPAs (eicosapentaenoic acid), and DHAs (docosahexaenoic acid). Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023 In 255 fish oil products across 16 leading brands, there was substantial variability in the amount of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the two active ingredients in fish oil. Sarah Garone, Health, 29 Aug. 2023 Fatty fish, like salmon, are rich in an omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA for short. Delaney Nothaft, USA TODAY, 3 June 2023 Omega-3 supplements provide omega-3 fatty acids– mostly alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Willow Jarosh, Ms, Rd, Health, 22 Aug. 2023 Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), contribute to fetal brain development and eye health. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Aug. 2023 These ingredients are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which play a crucial role in maintaining skin health. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 31 July 2023

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary docosanoic acid (a crystalline fatty acid) + hexa- + -ene + -oic

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of docosahexaenoic acid was in 1938

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Cite this Entry

“Docosahexaenoic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/docosahexaenoic%20acid. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

docosahexaenoic acid

noun
do·​co·​sa·​hex·​a·​e·​no·​ic acid ˌdō-kō-sə-ˌhek-sə-ˌē-ˌnō-ik- How to pronounce docosahexaenoic acid (audio)
: an omega-3 fatty acid C22H32O2 found especially in fish of cold waters
abbreviation DHA

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