[ ar-uh-ki-don-ik, ar- ]
/ ˈær ə kɪˈdɒn ɪk, ˌær- /
an essential fatty acid, C20H32O2, found in the lipids of most tissues, that is a precursor in the synthesis of prostaglandins, prostacyclins, and related effectors.
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British Dictionary definitions for arachidonic acid
/ (ˌærəkəˈdɒnɪk) /
a fatty acid occurring in animal cells: the metabolic precursor of several groups of biologically active substances, including prostaglandins
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Medicine definitions for arachidonic acid
[ ăr′ə-kĭ-dŏn′ĭk ]
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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