Definition of lipid
: any of various substances that are soluble in nonpolar organic solvents (such as chloroform and ether), that are usually insoluble in water, that with proteins and carbohydrates constitute the principal structural components of living cells, and that include fats, waxes, phosphatides, cerebrosides, and related and derived compounds
lipidicplay \li-ˈpi-dik\ adjective
Recent Examples of lipid from the Web
Professor Kummerow moved his lipid research program to the University of Illinois in 1950 and remained there for the rest of his career.
But the scientists found that endosomal NK1 can be turned off by inhibitors attached to lipids called cholestanols that cross the cell membrane to reach the endosomes.
Excess sugar in the body attaches to proteins, lipids and DNA, forming advanced glycation end products that can impair protein function, damage cellular membranes and lead to genetic instability.
A promising avenue may be adding a daily lipid-lowering drug to the mix, even in patients without the usual signs of trouble such as high cholesterol or blood pressure.
Commonly used in cosmetics, this waxy lipid softens the skin.
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Origin and Etymology of lipid
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1912
LIPID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lipid for English Language Learners
: any one of various substances that contain fat and that are important parts of living cells
Medical Definition of lipid
: any of various substances that are soluble in nonpolar organic solvents (as chloroform and ether), that with proteins and carbohydrates constitute the principal structural components of living cells, and that include fats, waxes, phospholipids, cerebrosides, and related and derived compounds
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