Definitions for eicosapentaenoic acidˈaɪ koʊ səˈpɛn tə ɪˈnoʊ ɪk, ˌaɪ koʊ səˌpɛn-
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ei′co•sa•pen′ta•e•no′ic ac′idˈaɪ koʊ səˈpɛn tə ɪˈnoʊ ɪk, ˌaɪ koʊ səˌpɛn-(n.)
Ref: See EPA .
Origin of eicosapentaenoic acid:
< Gk eikosa-, comb. form of eíkosi twenty +penta - + -ene+ -o - + -ic
an omega-3 fatty acid with 20 carbon atoms; found in fish (especially tuna and bluefish)
An omega-3 fatty acid, having 20 carbon atoms and 5 double bonds, that acts as a precursor for prostaglandin-3, thromboxane-3, and leukotriene-5 groups.
Eicosapentaenoic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid. In physiological literature, it is given the name 20:5. It also has the trivial name timnodonic acid. In chemical structure, EPA is a carboxylic acid with a 20-carbon chain and five cis double bonds; the first double bond is located at the third carbon from the omega end. EPA is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that acts as a precursor for prostaglandin-3, thromboxane-3, and leukotriene-5 groups.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Important polyunsaturated fatty acid found in fish oils. It serves as the precursor for the prostaglandin-3 and thromboxane-3 families. A diet rich in eicosapentaenoic acid lowers serum lipid concentration, reduces incidence of cardiovascular disorders, prevents platelet aggregation, and inhibits arachidonic acid conversion into the thromboxane-2 and prostaglandin-2 families.
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