docosahexaenoic acid

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do·co·sa·hex·a·e·no·ic acid | \ˌdō-kō-sə-ˌhek-sə-ˌē-ˈnō-ik- \

Definition of docosahexaenoic acid 

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

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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, "Remote Texas algae farm grows a food for the future," 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, "Why Salmon Needs to Become a Part of Your Diet ASAP," 27 Mar. 2018 The ingestion of red ochre, suggests Duarte, combined with consumption of seafood, boosted early humans’ supply of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and iodine as well as, potentially, iron and other nutrients essential for brain development. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Pigment of Our Imagination," 23 Mar. 2018 Second, fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which seems to have an important role to play in your neurons’ (brain and nerve cells) normal functions. Episcopal Retirement Services, Cincinnati.com, "4 Brain-Enhancing Foods That Could Help Prevent Memory Loss," 11 Jan. 2018 This guideline is intended to provide you with healthy amounts of two essential omega-3 fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Susan Scutti, CNN, "Health effects of fish oil: Where do we stand?," 1 Mar. 2018 The dose of omega-3 fatty acid in many of the research studies included 180 milligrams of eicosapentaenoic acid and 120 milligrams of docosahexaenoic acid, taken twice a day. Mayo Clinic News Network, The Seattle Times, "Will fish-oil supplements help with dry eye?," 10 Dec. 2017

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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

noun
do·co·sa·hex·a·e·no·ic acid | \ˌdō-kō-sə-ˌhek-sə-ˌē-ˌnō-ik- \

Medical Definition of docosahexaenoic acid 

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

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