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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ei′co•sa•pen′ta•e•no′ic ac′idˈaɪ koʊ səˈpɛn tə ɪˈnoʊ ɪk, ˌaɪ koʊ səˌpɛn-(n.)

  1. Category: Biochemistry

    Ref: See EPA .

Origin of eicosapentaenoic acid:

< Gk eikosa-, comb. form of eíkosi twenty +penta - + -ene+ -o - + -ic

Princeton's WordNet

  1. eicosapentaenoic acid(noun)

    an omega-3 fatty acid with 20 carbon atoms; found in fish (especially tuna and bluefish)


  1. eicosapentaenoic acid(Noun)

    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.


  1. Eicosapentaenoic acid

    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

  1. Eicosapentaenoic Acid

    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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