fat cell

noun

Definition of fat cell

: a specialized cell of adipose tissue that stores excess energy in the form of triglyceride droplets : adipocyte When food is not available and insulin levels fall, the fat cells release triglycerides back into the bloodstream, where they are transported to the liver and broken down into ketones, which can serve as fuel for muscle and the brain.— Jeffrey S. Flier et al. Cellulite is formed by a collection of fat cells around the fibrous cords that attach skin to muscle.— Jeannie Ralston

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Recent Examples on the Web Not to be forgotten are treatments like cool sculpting, a technique that freezes fat cells to death, giving someone the appearance of a slimmer, fitter physique. Washington Post, "In Silicon Valley, some men say cosmetic procedures are essential to a career," 9 Jan. 2020 SculpSure® body contouring is a laser treatment that helps eliminate fat cells from a targeted area. Ashleigh Morley, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Lasered My Fat After Having a Baby," 14 Jan. 2019 Foods rich in these healthful fats also lower the inflammatory response that’s thought to enlarge fat cells and raise the risk of health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, memory problems and cancer. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "The best weight-loss advice to borrow from popular diets," 31 Oct. 2018 Lipid bilayers, made up of two sheets of fat cells, form the cell membrane. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Unsinkable Metal Could Lead to Unsinkable Ships. Now Where Have We Heard That Before?," 7 Nov. 2019 Also implicated is the hormone leptin, which is released by fat cells and is responsible for feelings of satiety. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Food Addictions Are Real Addictions—And More And More People Are Getting Hooked," 6 Nov. 2019 One unlikely thing that could cause CBD users to fail one is the fact that THC, which drug tests screen for, is capable of accumulating in your body’s fat cells. Maria Loreto, chicagotribune.com, "Can CBD cause you to fail a drug test?," 2 Oct. 2019 Other carotenoids are found in our kidneys, livers skin, immune system, fat cells and so on, but lutein and zeaxanthin are the main carotenoids in our macula (the vision center of the eye) and brain. Daphne Miller, Washington Post, "Lutein supplements are everywhere. Here’s what you need to know about this nutrient.," 23 Sep. 2019 In other words, while CoolSculpting literally freezes and kills fat cells (which are then naturally flushed out of the body), CoolTone works to tone underlying muscle fibers. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "CoolTone, a New Body-Contouring Device, Receives FDA Clearance," 17 July 2019

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Fat cell.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fat%20cell. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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fat cell

noun

Medical Definition of fat cell

: a specialized cell of adipose tissue that stores excess energy in the form of triglyceride droplets : adipocyte When food is not available and insulin levels fall, the fat cells release triglycerides back into the bloodstream, where they are transported to the liver and broken down into ketones, which can serve as fuel for muscle and the brain.— Jeffrey S. Flier et al. — compare lipocyte

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