lip·​id | \ ˈli-pəd How to pronounce lipid (audio) \
variants: or less commonly lipide \ ˈli-​ˌpīd How to pronounce lipide (audio) \

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

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lipidic \ li-​ˈpi-​dik How to pronounce lipidic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lipid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The theory that oils or lipids caused these injuries has persisted because biopsies aren’t commonly ordered for these lung injury cases, Larsen said. Jeremy Olson,, "Mayo Clinic researchers link vaping illnesses to toxic inhalation — akin to breathing industrial fumes — after first-ever biopsy exams," 3 Oct. 2019 More specifically, glycolic acid reacts readily with the upper layer of the skin, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together through a process called desquamation. Farwa Shah, SELF, "10 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Glycolic Acid Peel," 3 Dec. 2019 That occurs when inflammatory cells with abnormally high levels of fatty substances called lipids collect in the lungs. NBC News, "Doctors show how vaping THC damages lungs, as illnesses rise nationwide," 24 Oct. 2019 Trading holiday feasts for intermittent fasting can increase resistance to stress and improve blood sugar regulation, while decreasing blood pressure, blood lipid levels and resting heart rates, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows. USA TODAY, "You don't like it, and that's OK," 26 Dec. 2019 Each layer contains fatty lipids with two significant regions: the hydrophobic tail, which resists water, and the hydrophilic head, which plays nice with water. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Unsinkable Metal Could Lead to Unsinkable Ships. Now Where Have We Heard That Before?," 7 Nov. 2019 The brand specializes in ceramides, which are the lipids that keep skin hydrated, plump, and soft, so all the products from this brand are designed to soothe skin that's prone to dryness, redness, and irritation. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Curél Japan Skin-Care Products Just Arrived at Ulta," 30 Sep. 2019 But Mukhopadhyay said there was no lipid pneumonia. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "New Cleveland Clinic lung research questions vitamin E’s role in vaping illnesses," 22 Oct. 2019 The disease prevents the body from getting rid of lipids from vegetable oils and nuts, causing them to build up and clog the arteries. Mark Johnson, USA Today, "In a Wisconsin village, the doctor makes house calls — and sees the rarest diseases on Earth," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of lipid

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lipid was in 1912

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25 Feb 2020

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“Lipid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lipid

technical : any one of various substances that contain fat and that are important parts of living cells


lip·​id | \ ˈlip-əd How to pronounce lipid (audio) \
variants: also lipide \ -​ˌīd How to pronounce lipide (audio) \

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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