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docosahexaenoic acid

(dō′kō-sə-hĕk′sə-ĭ-nō′ĭk)
n. Abbr. DHA
An omega-3 fatty acid, C22H32O2, found in cold-water fish and in certain algae.
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docosahexaenoic acid

, docosahexanoic Abbreviation: DHA
C22H32O2, an omega-3 fatty acid found in the oils of cold-water fish and in algae. DHA plays a role in the development of nerve cell membranes and is required for the normal growth and development of the infant brain. Lack of DHA has been linked to growing numbers of people suffering from depression.
CAS # 6217-54-5
See also: acid
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