eicosapentaenoic acid

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

Definition of eicosapentaenoic acid

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

Origin and Etymology of eicosapentaenoic acid

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


First Known Use: 1969


Medical Dictionary

eicosapentaenoic acid

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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

  1. :  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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