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Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA; also icosapentaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid. It also has the trivial name timnodonic acid. Eicosapentaenoic acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) that acts as a precursor for prostaglandin-3 (which inhibits platelet aggregation), thromboxane-3, and leukotriene-5 eicosanoids. Eicosapentaenoic acid is both a precursor and the hydrolytic breakdown product of eicosapentaenoyl ethanolamide (EPEA: C22H35NO2; 20:5,n-3).