o•me'ga-3 fat'ty ac'id
Pronunciation: (ō-mē'gu-thrē', ō-mā'-, ō-meg'u-), [key]
a polyunsaturated fatty acid, essential for normal retinal function, that influences various metabolic pathways, resulting in lowered cholesterol and triglyceride levels, inhibited platelet clotting, and reduced inflammatory and immune reactions. Also called n-3 fatty acid.
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