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eicosapentaenoic acid

/ei·co·sa·pen·ta·eno·ic ac·id/ (EPA) (i-ko″sah-pen″tah-e-no´ik) an omega-3, polyunsaturated, 20-carbon fatty acid found almost exclusively in fish and marine animal oils.

eicosapentaenoic acid

(ī′kō-sə-pĕn′tə-ĭ-nō′ĭk)
n. Abbr. EPA
An omega-3 fatty acid, C20H30O2, found in cold-water fish and in certain algae.

eicosapentaenoic acid

[ī·kō′sə·pen′tə·ē·nō′ik]
an omega-3, 20-carbon fatty acid found almost exclusively in fish and marine animal oils.

eicosapentaenoic acid

One of the omega-3 (n-3) fatty acids found in fish, which increases the high-density lipoprotein (“good”)  cholesterol in the blood; EPA-rich fishes include mackerel, salmon, sardines, trout and tuna.

eicosapentaenoic acid

A polyunsaturated fatty acid found in fish oils which is able to reduce the tendency to blood clotting. It is believed to be protective against CORONARY THROMBOSIS. It appears to act by antagonizing the formation of thromboxane A2, one of the factors in thrombus formation. Brand names are Maxepa and Omacor.

eicosapentaenoic acid

a 20-carbon polyunsaturated fatty acid with five double bonds; a precursor of 1, 2 and 3 series prostaglandins.