eicosapentaenoic acid

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

Definition of eicosapentaenoic acid 

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

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These two omega-3s are EPA, which stands for eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA, which stands for docosahexaenoic acid. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "Everything You Should Know Before Taking Fish Oil Supplements," 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, "Health effects of fish oil: Where do we stand?," 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, "Will fish-oil supplements help with dry eye?," 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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eicosapentaenoic acid

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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