ARACHIDONIC ACID

a long-chain of polyunsaturated fatty acid that is a component of most cell membranes. When liberated from the membrane by the enzymatic activity of phospholipase A2, this acid is transformed into a series of compounds known as eicosanoids. These then serve as precursors for prostaglandins, thromboxanes, and leukotrienes.

ARACHIDONIC ACID: "Arachidinic acids comprise a portion of cell membranes and help cells to maintain their shape."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ARACHIDONIC ACID," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/arachidonic-acid/ (accessed February 19, 2020).
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