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) \

Definition of docosahexaenoic acid

: an omega-3 fatty acid C22H32O2 found especially in fish of cold waters abbreviation DHA

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Recent Examples on the Web Fish oil is a polyunsaturated fat that contains two types of omega-3 fatty acids — eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, which the human body does not naturally produce in large quantities. Bryony Gilbey, chicagotribune.com, 11 Apr. 2021 Omega fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, are key to brain health and most likely helped to drive the evolution of the modern human brain. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2016 In the human body, ALA can be converted to two other omega-3 fatty acids — eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 26 Nov. 2019 There are three types of omega-3s: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2019 The key components of fish oil, two polyunsaturated fatty acids called eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, are designed to be in the membranes of cells all throughout the body. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, 2 Jan. 2019 These two omega-3s are EPA, which stands for eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA, which stands for docosahexaenoic acid. Carolyn Todd, Allure, 21 Aug. 2018 The better known is DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), said to benefit brain structure and function and found in infant formula, baby food and prenatal vitamins. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, 27 June 2018 Salmon contains a crucial compound called docosahexaenoic acid that helps maintain the central nervous system, not to mention all of the boosts this fish gives your heart and metabolism. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of docosahexaenoic acid

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for docosahexaenoic acid

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

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“Docosahexaenoic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/docosahexaenoic%20acid. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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) \

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: an omega-3 fatty acid C22H32O2 found especially in fish of cold waters abbreviation DHA

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