- a lipid, C20H30O3, produced by white blood cells in an immune response to antigens, that contributes to allergic asthma and inflammatory reactions.
Origin of leukotriene
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- one of a class of products of metabolic conversion of arachidonic acid; the active constituents of slow-reacting substance, responsible for bronchial constriction, contraction of smooth muscle, and inflammatory processes
C20: from leukocyte, in which they were discovered + triene from the conjugated triene unit that they contain
- Any of a group of physiologically active substances that function both as mediators of inflammation and as participants in allergic responses.