eicosanoid

noun
ei·​cos·​a·​noid | \ ī-ˈkō-sə-ˌnȯid How to pronounce eicosanoid (audio) \

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

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 How to pronounce eicosanoid (audio) \

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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