fish oil


: a fatty oil from the bodies of various fishes (such as menhaden or sardines) that contains large amounts of unsaturated fatty acids and is used as a dietary supplement and in making various products (such as cosmetics and paints)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Avocado, avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, fish oil, and nut butter. Fruits. Ashley Martens, Women's Health, 26 Jan. 2023 Fuels for this style consisted of oil or grease (rendered fat or fish oil). Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 19 Jan. 2023 The participants, recruited through the Clinic’s electronic health portal, were randomly placed in groups receiving 5 mg daily of a low-dose statin, fish oil, cinnamon, garlic, turmeric, plant sterols, red yeast rice or placebo for 28 days. Julie Washington, cleveland, 19 Dec. 2022 Zinc, selenium, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil), plus glucosamine and EPA to aid with joint health and mobility. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 All these benefits in conjunction with heart health support make fish oil supplements extremely popular. Dallas News, 4 Oct. 2022 The chews include only pure fish oil, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 In fact, some human vitamins contain fish oil as well. Dallas News, 13 Dec. 2022 In another study in people taking statins, fish oil had no additional benefit. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fish oil was in 1785

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Cite this Entry

“Fish oil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

fish oil

: a fatty oil that is obtained from oily fish (such as herring or menhaden), contains large amounts of unsaturated fatty acids, and is used as a dietary supplement and in making various products (such as protective coatings, cosmetics, and animal feed)
Scientists learned some time ago that there are significant health benefits from consuming omega-3 fatty acids, which are found mostly in fish oils, algal oils, and linseed oil.Felicia M. Willis, Today's Chemist at Work

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