omega-6

adjective
ome·ga-6 | \ ō-ˈmā-gə-ˈsiks , -ˈmē- , -ˈme- \

Definition of omega-6 

: being or composed of polyunsaturated fatty acids in which the first double bond in the hydrocarbon chain occurs between the sixth and seventh carbon atoms from the end of the molecule most distant from the carboxylic acid group and which are found especially in vegetable oils, nuts, beans, seeds, and grains — compare omega-3

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from omega-6

omega-6 noun

Examples of omega-6 in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

There is arachidonic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid the body uses to make pro-inflammatory local hormones. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "The high-fat keto diet isn't the worst for you, it's definitely not great either," 3 May 2018 Still, at the very least, EPO is loaded with omega-6 fatty acids, which are excellent for your brain development and overall health. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Kate Bosworth Swears by This $12 Oil to Get Ridiculously Clear, Perfect Skin," 19 Mar. 2018 Ingredients like argan and safflower oils are rich in linoleic acid, which is a type of omega-6 fatty acid that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "Improving your diet can also improve your skin | Miami Herald," 22 Jan. 2018 Key nutrients: Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K; potassium, protein, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. Kate Dwyer, Bon Appetit, "Your Cheat Sheet For Buying and Eating Every Common Green," 18 Apr. 2017 Dulse is high in iron, potassium and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Nikita Richardson, Bon Appetit, "5 Healthyish Ingredients We're Sprinkling On Everything," 24 Feb. 2017 Polyunsaturated oils from corn, safflower and soybean contain lots of omega-6 fatty acids, which are precursors to inflammatory compounds known as eicosanoids. Dorothy Kieffer, sacbee, "Eat fat to lose weight? Scientists say it’s the smart thing to do," 29 May 2017 Key nutrients: Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K; potassium, protein, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. Kate Dwyer, Bon Appetit, "Your Cheat Sheet For Buying and Eating Every Common Green," 18 Apr. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'omega-6.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of omega-6

1976, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about omega-6

Dictionary Entries near omega-6

-ome

omega

omega-3

omega-6

omegatron

omegoid

omelet

Statistics for omega-6

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for omega-6

The first known use of omega-6 was in 1976

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for omega-6

omega-6

adjective
ome·ga-6 | \ -ˈsiks \

Medical Definition of omega-6 

: being or composed of polyunsaturated fatty acids in which the first double bond in the hydrocarbon chain occurs between the sixth and seventh carbon atoms from the end of the molecule most distant from the carboxylic acid group and which are found especially in vegetable oils, nuts, beans, seeds, and grains

Other words from omega-6

omega-6 noun

Comments on omega-6

What made you want to look up omega-6? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a magnificent or impressive array

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!