eicosapentaenoic acid

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ei·co·sa·pen·ta·e·no·ic acid

n. Abbr. EPA
An omega-3 fatty acid, C20H30O2, found in cold-water fish and in certain algae.

[Greek eikosa-, twenty, from its twenty carbon atoms (from eikosi; see wīkm̥tī- in Indo-European roots) + -pentaene, having five double bonds (penta- + -ene) + -oic.]


1. eicosapentaenoic acid: an omega-3 fatty acid present in fish oils.
2. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Noun1.eicosapentaenoic acid - an omega-3 fatty acid with 20 carbon atoms; found in fish (especially tuna and bluefish)
omega-3, omega-3 fatty acid - a polyunsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has its first double valence bond three carbons from the beginning
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About GOED GOED is an association of the world's finest processors, refiners, manufacturers, distributors, marketers, retailers and supporters of products containing Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) omega-3 fatty acids.
Woodman, "The Independent Effects of Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Docosahexaenoic Acid on Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Humans," Curr.
The goal was to examine whether eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) supplementation reduced polyp burden in the setting of FAP, as assessed by blinded outside endoscopists.
In a study that is good news for endangered fish stocks, a team in The Netherlands have found that eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplementation does not improve cognitive performance in the elderly.
Health benefits would be greatest from oily fish such as salmon, herring, or sardines; these have larger quantities of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid.
ALFA, a substance derived from an omega-3 fatty acid called eicosapentaenoic acid, could cause changes in the colon which would lower the risk.
Topics include fortification of foods with eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexanoic acid, fat substitutes, trans fatty acids and trans-free lipids, the actions of conjugated linoleic acid in human subjects, extraction and purification of fatty acids, and physical properties of lipids.
Flaxseed oil is known to be a source of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that can be converted to another omega-3 fatty acid called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and that may reduce the risk of death from heart disease.
SATO DHA contains rich omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids like docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
Each 1-g capsule contains at least 900 mg of the ethyl esters of omega-3 fatty acids, primarily eicosapentaenoic acid (465 mg) and docosahexaenoic acid (375 mg), according to the drug's label.