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cholesterol

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noun cho·les·ter·ol \kə-ˈles-tə-ˌrōl, -ˌrȯl\

Simple Definition of cholesterol

  • : a substance that is found in the bodies of people and animals

Full Definition of cholesterol

  1. :  a steroid alcohol C27H45OH that is present in animal cells and body fluids, regulates membrane fluidity, and functions as a precursor molecule in various metabolic pathways and as a constituent of LDL may cause atherosclerosis — compare bad cholesterol, good cholesterol

Examples of cholesterol

  1. Did your doctor check your cholesterol?



Origin of cholesterol

International Scientific Vocabulary, from chol- + Greek stereos solid


First Known Use: 1894

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Medical Dictionary

cholesterol

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noun cho·les·ter·ol \kə-ˈles-tə-ˌrōl, -ˌrȯl\

Medical Definition of cholesterol

  1. :  a steroid alcohol C27H45OH present in animal cells and body fluids that regulates membrane fluidity, functions as a precursor molecule in various metabolic pathways, and as a constituent of LDL may cause arteriosclerosis



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