Eicosanoid

Eicosanoid: A lipid mediator of inflammation derived from the 20-carbon atom arachidonic acid (20 in Greek is 'eicosa') or a similar fatty acid. The eicosanoids include the prostaglandins, prostacyclin, thromboxane, and leukotrienes.
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eicosanoid

<pharmacology> Useful generic term for compounds derived from arachidonic acid. Includes leukotrienes, prostacyclin, prostaglandins and thromboxanes. ... (18 Nov 1997) ...
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eicosanoid

(from the article `chemical compound`) Eicosanoids are biochemically significant fatty acids derived from 20-carbon unsaturated fatty acids. They consist of the prostaglandins, which are ... Three types of locally acting signaling molecules are derived biosynthetically from C20 polyunsaturated fatty acids, principally arachidonic acid. ...
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Eicosanoid

In biochemistry, eicosanoids (preferred IUPAC name icosanoids) are signaling molecules made by oxidation of 20-carbon fatty acids. They exert complex control over many bodily systems, mainly in inflammation or immunity, and as messengers in the central nervous system. The networks of controls that depend upon eicosanoids are among the most complex...
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