ad·​i·​pose | \ ˈa-də-ˌpōs How to pronounce adipose (audio) \

Definition of adipose

: of or relating to animal fat broadly : fat

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adiposity \ ˌa-​də-​ˈpä-​sə-​tē How to pronounce adipose (audio) \ noun

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Examples of adipose in a Sentence

seals have a thick layer of adipose tissue, which acts as insulation against the cold and contributes to buoyancy as well
Recent Examples on the Web Blish and her team studied the adipose cells—or fat cells—of patients who died of COVID-19. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 9 Dec. 2021 Above the docks on the boardwalk, a black lab pulled an elderly man eagerly toward the water; a Millennial couple, comfortably adipose, pushed their sleeping baby in a stroller. Judith Lewis Mernit, The Atlantic, 4 Nov. 2021 Further complicating things, our data show that sponsors are using MSCs extracted from a hodgepodge of sources: blood from the umbilical cord, the wall of the umbilical cord itself, bone marrow, adipose (fat) tissue, and dental pulp. Paul Knoepfler, STAT, 27 June 2021 That's because the scopes have a short depth of focus, leaving out critical structures like adipose cells, cholesterol crystals, and connective tissue out of the picture. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 30 July 2020 Within a couple of months, he was convinced adipose stem cells, found in abdominal fat, may be something that could finally provide lasting relief for his aching back. Dr. Sanjay Gupta And Roni Selig, CNN, 27 Apr. 2018 Chinook stocked elsewhere will get just an adipose fin clip. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Feb. 2018 For king salmon, a notch is made in their adipose fin, the small fin on their backs between their large, dorsal fin and their tail. Keith Matheny, USA TODAY, 23 Oct. 2017 For king salmon, a notch is made in their adipose fin, the small fin on their backs between their large, dorsal fin and their tail. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 23 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of adipose

1635, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adipose

borrowed from Medieval Latin adipōsus, from Latin adip-, adeps "fat" + -ōsus -ose entry 1 — more at adip-

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ad·​i·​pose | \ ˈad-ə-ˌpōs How to pronounce adipose (audio) \

Medical Definition of adipose

: of or relating to fat broadly : fat

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