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cholesterol

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

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

Full Definition of CHOLESTEROL

:  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

Other Biochemistry Terms

bile, biodegradable, capsaicin, keratin, metabolism

cholesterol

noun cho·les·ter·ol \kə-ˈles-tə-ˌrōl, -ˌrl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CHOLESTEROL

:  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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