a class of oxygenated, endogenous, unsaturated fatty acids derived from arachidonic acid. They include prostaglandins, leukotrienes, thromboxanes, and hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid compounds (hete). They are hormone-like substances that act near the site of synthesis without altering functions throughout the body.
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... like the prostaglandins, thromboxanes, prostacyclins and leukotrienes. The whole "lot" of these compounds go by the general label of eicosanoids simply because they are all 20-carbon molecules; eikoisi is Greek for "twenty". Arachidonate is “stored” as an esterified fatty ...
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