arachidonic-acid

arachidonic acid

[ar-uh-ki-don-ik, ar-]
noun Biochemistry.
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:
1910–15; arachid(ic) + -onic

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To arachidonic-acid
Collins
World English Dictionary
arachidonic acid (ˌærəkəˈdɒnɪk)
 
n
a fatty acid occurring in animal cells: the metabolic precursor of several groups of biologically active substances, including prostaglandins

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature