eicosanoid

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From Ancient Greek εἴκοσι (eíkosi, twenty) + εἶδος (eîdos, form, likeness).

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eicosanoid (plural eicosanoids)

  1. (biochemistry) Any of a family of naturally-occurring substances derived from 20-carbon polyunsaturated fatty acids; they include the prostaglandins, thromboxanes, leukotrienes and epoxyeicosatrienoic acids; they function as hormones.

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