eicosapentaenoic acid

noun ei·co·sa·pen·ta·e·no·ic acid \ ˌī-kō-sə-ˌpen-tə-ē-ˈnō-ik- \
Updated on: 7 Mar 2018

Definition of eicosapentaenoic acid

: an omega-3 fatty acid C20H30O2 found especially in fish oils

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Origin and Etymology of eicosapentaenoic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary eicosa- twenty (from Greek eikosa-, from eikosi) + penta- + -ene + -oic — more at vigesimal


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eicosapentaenoic acid

noun ei·co·sa·pen·ta·e·no·ic acid \ ˌī-kō-sə-ˌpen-tə-ē-ˌnō-ik-, -i-ˌnō-ik- \

medical Definition of eicosapentaenoic acid

: an omega-3 fatty acid C20H30O2 found especially in the oil of cold-water fish (such as salmon, mackerel, and herring) abbreviation EPA

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