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)

Examples of fish oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some 90% of aquatic animals that are farmed or fished go to human consumption, with the remainder going to other uses like feed for other animals or fish oils. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 8 June 2024 Ethyl ester: This is one of the most common forms of fish oil in supplements and medications and is created by exposing the fish oil to ethanol to remove contaminants and concentrate the EPA and DHA. Tamar Kane, Ms, Rd, Verywell Health, 6 June 2024 What This Means For You Evidence on the benefits of fish oil supplements is mixed. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 4 June 2024 Talk to a healthcare provider or pharmacist before starting fish oil supplements. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 1 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for fish oil 

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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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“Fish oil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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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