Simple Definition of cholesterol
: a substance that is found in the bodies of people and animals
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Origin of cholesterol
International Scientific Vocabulary, from chol- + Greek stereos solid
First Known Use: 1894
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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