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arachidonic acid

[ar-uh-ki-don-ik, ar-] /ˈær ə kɪˈdɒn ɪk, ˌær-/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
an essential fatty acid, C 20 H 32 O 2 , found in the lipids of most tissues, that is a precursor in the synthesis of prostaglandins, prostacyclins, and related effectors.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; arachid(ic) + -onic
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British Dictionary definitions for arachidonic acid

arachidonic acid

/ˌærəkəˈdɒnɪk/
noun
1.
a fatty acid occurring in animal cells: the metabolic precursor of several groups of biologically active substances, including prostaglandins
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arachidonic acid in Medicine

arachidonic acid ar·a·chi·don·ic acid (ār'ə-kĭ-dŏn'ĭk)
n.
An unsaturated fatty acid found in animal fats, that is essential in human nutrition and is a precursor in the biosynthesis of some prostaglandins.

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