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

Examples of ceramide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The essence is a milky-oil hybrid with key rose botanic—a rose blend packed with phytonutrients—along with fortifying rose petal extract, soothing damascena rose water, sweet almond oil, squalene, and hydrating botanical ceramide. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 3 June 2022 In addition to the top tier sunscreen filters, this product also boasts glycerin, tocopheryl acetate (a form of vitamin E), and hydroxypalmitoyl sphinganine (a ceramide) to moisturize. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 31 May 2022 Smooth a few drops of GH Seal star Mary Kay’s ceramide, hyaluronic acid and glycerin concentrate onto skin to reinforce its moisture barrier. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 In fact, Dynevor’s skin regimen is comprised completely of products from the brand—with the ceramide cream, face oil, and SPF following. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 25 Jan. 2022 When scanning your ingredient lists, look out for ceramide NP, AP, EOP, NG, NP, NS, as well as phytosphingosine and sphingosine. Sarah Han, Allure, 21 Oct. 2021 Regenerating Exfoliating Cleanser with its apricot microspheres, no more than three times a week, and following it up with a calming elixir with soothing ingredients such as ceramide and chamomile. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 3 May 2021 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, 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, 15 Apr. 2020 See More

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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 27 Jun. 2022.

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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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