: a lipoprotein of blood plasma that is composed of a high proportion of protein with little triglyceride and cholesterol and that is correlated with reduced risk of atherosclerosis : good cholesterol compare ldl

Examples of HDL in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This connection between weight, inflammation, and brain health has also been studied in people with metabolic syndrome—a combination of large waist circumference, high cholesterol and blood sugar, hypertension, and low HDL cholesterol. Lauryn Higgins, Health, 16 Apr. 2024 The researchers reported that fenugreek lowered LDL and raised HDL cholesterol. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health, 24 Mar. 2024 Doctors can also look at your cholesterol ratio, which is the total cholesterol divided by HDL. Knvul Sheikh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2024 Trials of experimental drugs for increasing HDL have not actually reduced heart events, and research has cast doubt on the idea that the higher the HDL levels, the better. Katherine Hobson, Time, 19 June 2023 Current research shows that egg consumption has a mild increase in LDL and HDL cholesterol levels and some portion of the population is more impacted than others. Rebecca Jaspan, Mph, Rd, Health, 29 Nov. 2023 To look at the association between HDL levels and dementia, researchers first categorized individuals into five groups based on their average HDL-C. Sherri Gordon, Health, 12 Oct. 2023 Experts have long understood that not all HDL cholesterol is equal. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, 4 Oct. 2023 Research has also linked pistachios with raising HDL cholesterol while lowering LDL cholesterol. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 14 June 2023

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Word History


high-density lipoprotein

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of HDL was in 1954

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“HDL.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/HDL. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

: a lipoprotein of blood plasma that is composed of a high proportion of protein with little triglyceride and cholesterol and that is associated with decreased probability of developing atherosclerosis

called also alpha-lipoprotein, good cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein

compare ldl, vldl
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