eicosapentaenoic acid

noun

ei·​co·​sa·​pen·​ta·​e·​no·​ic acid ˌī-kō-sə-ˌpen-tə-ē-ˈnō-ik- How to pronounce eicosapentaenoic acid (audio)
: an omega-3 fatty acid C20H30O2 found especially in fish oils

Examples of eicosapentaenoic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seafoods like salmon and sardines contain the omega-3 fats docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Jillian Kubala, Health, 8 July 2024 Types of Omega-3 Fatty Acids There are three main types of omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023 The Best Natural Anti Inflammatory Agents Omega 3 Fatty Acids Omega 3 fatty acids are a type of healthy fat that comes in three forms, which are ALAs (alpha-linoleic acid), EPAs (eicosapentaenoic acid), and DHAs (docosahexaenoic acid). Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023 In 255 fish oil products across 16 leading brands, there was substantial variability in the amount of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the two active ingredients in fish oil. Sarah Garone, Health, 29 Aug. 2023 Omega-3 supplements provide omega-3 fatty acids– mostly alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Willow Jarosh, Ms, Rd, Health, 22 Aug. 2023 Among the different types of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are among the most researched for their potential positive impact. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2023 Fye says there are generally two components of fish oil supplements: DHA or docosahexaenoic acid and EPA or eicosapentaenoic acid. Delaney Nothaft, USA TODAY, 7 June 2023 Fish oil supplements are composed of two omega-3 fatty acids known as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are the two main fatty acids found in fish. goodhousekeeping.com, 25 May 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eicosapentaenoic acid was in 1921

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Cite this Entry

“Eicosapentaenoic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eicosapentaenoic%20acid. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

eicosapentaenoic acid

noun
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)
: 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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