omega-3

Definitions of omega-3
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n a polyunsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has its first double valence bond three carbons from the beginning

Synonyms:
omega-3 fatty acid
Types:
alpha-linolenic acid
a polyunsaturated fatty acid with 18 carbon atoms; the only omega-3 fatty acid found in vegetable products; it is most abundant in canola oil; a fatty acid essential for nutrition
docosahexaenoic acid
an omega-3 fatty acid with 22 carbon atoms; found in fish (especially tuna and bluefish)
eicosapentaenoic acid
an omega-3 fatty acid with 20 carbon atoms; found in fish (especially tuna and bluefish)
Type of:
polyunsaturated fatty acid
an unsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has more than one double or triple valence bond per molecule; found chiefly in fish and corn and soybean oil and safflower oil

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