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sphingosine

noun sphin·go·sine \ˈsfiŋ-gə-ˌsēn\

Definition of SPHINGOSINE

:  a long-chain unsaturated amino alcohol C18H37O2N found especially in nervous tissue and cell membranes

Origin of SPHINGOSINE

Greek sphingos (genitive of sphinx) + English 2-ine; from riddles it posed to its first investigators
First Known Use: 1881

sphingosine

noun sphin·go·sine \ˈsfiŋ-gə-ˌsēn, -sən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SPHINGOSINE

:  an unsaturated amino diol C18H37NO2 obtained by hydrolysis of various sphingomyelins, cerebrosides, and gangliosides

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