eicosapentaenoic acid

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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.]
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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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Regarding individual fatty acids, genotype significantly affected the palmitoleic, eicosenoic, linoleic and eicosapentaenic acid contents.
The advantage of CG is its favourable fatty acid profile characterized by a higher PUFA content, particularly linoleic and eicosapentaenic acids, but its PUFA n-6/PUFA n-3 ratio, which is one of the most important indexes related to human health, was somewhat higher than in NG.
The product is available in two different powders: One is formulated to deliver a 2:1 ratio of EPA (eicosapentaenic acid) and DHA (docosahexaeonic acid), and the other emphasizes the benefits of DHA on cognitive health, by delivering a 2:1 ratio to EPA.