eicosapentaenoic acid

ei·​co·​sa·​pen·​ta·​e·​no·​ic acid | \ ˌī-kō-sə-ˌpen-tə-ē-ˈnō-ik- How to pronounce eicosapentaenoic acid (audio) \

Definition of eicosapentaenoic acid

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

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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 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 While traditional Chinese snake oil contains eicosapentaenoic acid, an anti-inflammatory and analgesic, versions sold in the Western world were often overpriced placebos. Elisa Lipsky-karasz, WSJ, 4 Dec. 2018 These two omega-3s are EPA, which stands for eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA, which stands for docosahexaenoic acid. Carolyn Todd, Allure, 21 Aug. 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, 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, 10 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of eicosapentaenoic acid

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eicosapentaenoic acid

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

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The first known use of eicosapentaenoic acid was in 1921

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23 Apr 2021

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“Eicosapentaenoic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eicosapentaenoic%20acid. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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eicosapentaenoic acid

ei·​co·​sa·​pen·​ta·​e·​no·​ic acid | \ ˌī-kō-sə-ˌpen-tə-ē-ˌnō-ik-, -i-ˌnō-ik- How to pronounce eicosapentaenoic acid (audio) \

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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