good cholesterol


Definition of good cholesterol

: a lipoprotein of blood plasma that is associated with reduced risk of developing atherosclerosis : hdl Good cholesterol is the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) kind. It is protective of arteries and the heart.— Paul G. Donohue … olive oil has been getting lavish press as a virtuous alternative to other oils and animal fats—it's loaded with monounsaturated fats, which promote the so-called good cholesterol.Forbes — compare bad cholesterol

Examples of good cholesterol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Both diets are high in Omega-3s which lower blood pressure, increase good cholesterol, reduce bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of diabetes. NBC News, "What is the Nordic diet — and why do doctors, dietitians and even psychiatrists like it so much?," 22 June 2018 And while eggs may be high in total cholesterol, much of that is due to their high HDL, or good cholesterol. Alice Park, Time, "Eating an Egg a Day May Keep Heart Disease Away, a New Study Says," 21 May 2018 And high levels of good cholesterol are associated with protection against heart disease. Jill U. Adams, Washington Post, "Statins help lower cholesterol, but are they the treatment for you?," 26 Feb. 2018 Plus, drinking just one or two drinks per day does help keep good cholesterol high, according to the American Heart Association. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "Alcohol and Your Health: What Studies Say About the Effects of Drinking," 23 Feb. 2018 More importantly, steroid use increases levels of low density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) while decreasing levels of good cholesterol. Philip D. Harvey, Ph.d., miamiherald, "A long history of athletes using performance-enhancing drugs | Miami Herald," 9 Feb. 2018 Now the trend has exploded into flour, water, milk, sugar, butter, flakes, and more--all of which have been proven to increase good cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and promote kidney health. Birmingham Magazine,, "Health Yeah: A comprehensive guide (with recipes) to what's hot in the world of healthy eating," 3 Jan. 2018 There was also positive news about levels of HDL, or good cholesterol. Alice Park, Time, "Cholesterol Levels Are Dropping In the U.S. Here's What That Means," 26 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'good cholesterol.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of good cholesterol

1977, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about good cholesterol

Statistics for good cholesterol

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for good cholesterol

The first known use of good cholesterol was in 1977

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for good cholesterol

good cholesterol

\ ˈgu̇d- How to pronounce good cholesterol (audio) \

Medical Definition of good cholesterol

: hdl

Comments on good cholesterol

What made you want to look up good cholesterol? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!