cer·​amide | \ ˈsir-ə-ˌmīd How to pronounce ceramide (audio) , ˈser- \
plural ceramides

Definition of ceramide

: any of various simple sphingolipids that are composed of a fatty acid linked to sphingosine, are found especially in cell membranes, are involved in mediating various cellular processes (such as those affecting cell differentiation and apoptosis), and act as precursors for more complex sphingolipids The enzyme controls production of a cellular substance, ceramide, which triggers the natural process of egg cell death.— L. Stivitz Moisturizers containing ceramides (natural lipids that are similar in structure to those in the skin's own moisture barrier) … are also worthwhile splurges for women with dry or problem skin, according to independent tester Grove.— Constance Cardozo

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Recent Examples on the Web Guard your skin against harsh elements like wind, pollution, the sun, and other elements that can sap moisture from the skin with this popular ceramide complex cream. Katie Reseburg, chicagotribune.com, "Best deals on luxury beauty products that help support people battling breast cancer," 2 Oct. 2020 Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Night Cream Glycerin and ceramides are both high on the ingredient list of this deeply hydrating night cream, of which Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist based in New York City, is a fan. Sara Spruch-feiner, Health.com, "Glycerin Might Be the Holy Grail Ingredient for Treating Dry Skin—Here's How to Use It," 15 Apr. 2020 As for which sheet masks to use, Jaliman suggests looking specifically for ones with ceramides, like the Lapcos Ceramide Derma Sheet Mask. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Using a Sheet Mask Every Day Is Just What Your Skin Needs Right Now," 15 Apr. 2020 For one that hydrates your skin and acts as a shield, reviewers love the Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb, which claims to retain your skin’s moisture levels using glycerin and ceramide 3. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "13 popular K-beauty products for the ultimate skincare routine," 2 Apr. 2020 Those with dry skin should look for a liquid or cream foundation with hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid or ceramides. Tatiana Velasco, Good Housekeeping, "The Difference Between BB Cream and CC Cream," 26 Mar. 2020 Formulated with petrolatum, hyaluronic acid and ceramides, this hydrating ointment breathes new life into dry, cracked lips by reviving and strengthening the skin’s natural barrier. NBC News, "How to heal dry, chapped lips, according to dermatologists," 20 Feb. 2020 The cream also moisturizes with ceramides (lipids found in the outermost layer of the skin), niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "Washing your hands a lot? These 10 creams revive your skin," 4 Mar. 2020 The best eczema creams and topical treatments are free of irritants (from scents to glycol acid) and often includes a high amount of ceramides, which are fatty lipid molecules that help moisturize skin. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "12 Things You Should Always Do If You Have Eczema," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of ceramide

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ceramide

cerebroside + amide

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“Ceramide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceramide. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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cer·​amide | \ ˈsir-ə-ˌmīd How to pronounce ceramide (audio) \

Medical Definition of ceramide

: any of a group of amido sphingolipids formed by linking a fatty acid to sphingosine and found widely in small amounts in plant and animal tissue

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