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phospholipid

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noun phos·pho·lip·id \-ˈli-pəd\

Definition of phospholipid

  1. :  any of numerous lipids (as lecithins and phosphatidylethanolamines) in which phosphoric acid as well as a fatty acid is esterified to glycerol and which are found in all living cells and in the bilayers of cell membranes



1928

First Known Use of phospholipid

1928


Medical Dictionary

phospholipid

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noun phos·pho·lip·id \-ˈlip-əd\

Medical Definition of phospholipid

  1. :  any of various phosphorus-containing complex lipids (such as lecithins and phosphatidylethanolamines) that are derived from glycerol and are major constituents of the membranes of cells and intracellular organelles and vesicles Phospholipids typically consist of a hydrophilic polar phosphate head and a hydrophobic tail of two fatty acids. In aqueous environments, phospholipids typically form semipermeable bilayers in which the hydrophilic heads point outward and the hydrophobic tails point inward toward each other. —called also phosphatide, phospholipin



Variants of phospholipid

also phospholipide \-ˌīd\play


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