eicosanoid

noun
ei·cos·a·noid | \ī-ˈkō-sə-ˌnȯid \

Definition of eicosanoid 

: any of a class of compounds (such as the prostaglandins) derived from polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as arachidonic acid) and involved in cellular activity

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Polyunsaturated oils from corn, safflower and soybean contain lots of omega-6 fatty acids, which are precursors to inflammatory compounds known as eicosanoids. Dorothy Kieffer, sacbee.com, "Eat fat to lose weight? Scientists say it’s the smart thing to do," 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of eicosanoid

1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eicosanoid

eicosa- containing 20 atoms (from Greek eikosa- twenty, from eikosi) + -noic, suffix used in names of fatty acids (from -ane + -oic) + -oid entry 1 — more at vigesimal

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eicosanoid

noun
ei·co·sa·noid | \ī-ˈkō-sə-ˌnȯid \

Medical Definition of eicosanoid 

: any of a class of compounds (as the prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and thromboxanes) derived from polyunsaturated fatty acids (as arachidonic acid) and involved in cellular activity

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