lipid

noun
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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Other Words from lipid

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

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And go for gentle cleansing soaps that are lipid-free (these cleansers are more moisturizing than traditional antibacterial types). Molly Nover-baker, SELF, "11 Treatments That Will Soothe Super Dry Hands This Winter," 26 Dec. 2018 Similarly, sunflower oil distillate also helps replenish your lipids and reduce inflammation at the same time. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "This Drugstore Baby Product Keeps My Skin Moisturized All Winter Long," 13 Dec. 2018 The lipids found on fragments of such sieves matched the chemical signature of milk in the process of fermentation. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Early cheese making may have helped lactose-intolerant farmers spread," 14 Sep. 2018 Cheese production first shows up in the archaeological record about 500 years later, with traces of lipids that match cheese recovered from three containers of a particular type, called rhyta. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Early cheese making may have helped lactose-intolerant farmers spread," 14 Sep. 2018 Ancient lipids still cling to the ceramic sieves once used to strain liquid whey from the more solid milk curds. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Early cheese making may have helped lactose-intolerant farmers spread," 14 Sep. 2018 Their cell membranes, for example, are made up of two different kinds of fatty molecules, known as lipids. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "Engineered Microbe Shakes Up the Tree of Life," 13 July 2018 Microbiologists in the Netherlands decided to test this notion by re-creating a primitive organism with a hybrid-lipid membrane. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "Engineered Microbe Shakes Up the Tree of Life," 13 July 2018 Blood tests: Comprehensive blood count (CBC) blood test with differential; comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP); thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH); cholesterol (lipids) blood test. Jeanne Pinder, Philly.com, "What's in our database? Prices, prices and more prices," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lipid

1912, in the meaning defined above

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lipid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lipid

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

lipid

noun
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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