Dictionary > Omega-6 fatty acid

Omega-6 fatty acid

Definition
noun, plural: omega-6 fatty acids
A type of polyunsaturated fatty acid in which the first double bond is between carbon 7 and carbon 8 from the tail end (omega) of the hydrocarbon chain
Supplement
A fatty acid is a long chain of hydrocarbon with a carboxylic acid at the beginning (called alpha) and a methyl tail (called omega). One of the ways by which a fatty acid is named is by counting, starting from the tail (omega, Ļ‰-) or the n-end. Thus, the name, omega-6 fatty acid, is one in which the first double bond is located between the sixth carbon and the seventh carbon of the hydrocarbon chain.
The omega-6 fatty acid is a polyunsaturated type, which means it has multiple double bonds. In humans, the omega-6 fatty acid is an essential fatty acid. This means, humans are not capable of producing this fatty acid. Thus, it has to be included in the diet based on the recommended daily consumption (e.g. seed oils and vegetable oils). Biologically, it acts as a precursor to endocannabinoids, lipoxins, and certain eicosanoids. Linoleic acid is an example of omega-6 fatty acid.
Also called:

  • nāˆ’6 fatty acid
  • Ļ‰āˆ’6 fatty acid

See also:

  • fatty acid
  • polyunsaturated fatty acid


    You will also like...

    Still Water Animals
    Still Water Animals

    Animals living in aquatic habitats have diversified and evolved through time. They eventually occupy ecological niches a..

    Gene Pool and Speciation
    The Gene Pool and Population Genetics

    According to Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection, preferable genes are favored by nature in the gene pool, and ..

    Physiological Homeostasis
    Physiological Homeostasis

    Homeostasis is essential to maintain conditions within the tolerable limits. Otherwise, the body will fail to function p..

    Cell Respiration
    Cell Respiration

    Cell respiration is the process of creating ATP. It is "respiration" because it utilizes oxygen. Know the different stag..

    Digestion and Absorption of Food
    Digestion and Absorption of Food

    The gastrointestinal system breaks down particles of ingested food into molecular forms by enzymes through digestion and..

    genes controlling growth and development
    Control of Growth & Development

    Control of Growth & Development tutorials look at how the genetic makeup determines the biological processes on a da..