lipid

noun
lip·​id | \ˈli-pəd \
variants: or less commonly lipide \ ˈli-​ˌpīd \

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 \ adjective

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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 Men can sign up for free PSA, testosterone and lipid screening as well as enjoy food, games and live music throughout the day. San Antonio Express-News, "Father’s Day pairs best with a great beer," 14 June 2018 Amino acids, used by cells to create proteins, and lipids such as fats and waxes—used to build outer cellular walls—could point to life on Enceladus. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Meet To Discuss Exploring Enceladus For Life," 28 June 2016 The now widely used statins, for example, emerged from a clearer understanding of the biochemical steps of cholesterol synthesis and how cells handle cholesterol and other lipids. Mark C. Fishman, STAT, "The miracle of medicines," 7 May 2018 This makes sense because the alcohol (methanol, ethanol, propanol) molecules have regions that both prefer water (hydrophilic) and regions that prefer lipids (hydrophobic). Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "DIY heated seats not worth the hassle," 10 Dec. 2017 The formula is concocted of triple lanolin moisturizer, which copies the molecular structure of your own skin lipids, as well as vitamin E to condition and milk to soothe. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Get summer ready with these beach essentials," 11 June 2017

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lipid was in 1912

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lipid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lipid

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

lipid

noun
lip·​id | \ˈlip-əd \
variants: also lipide \ -​ˌīd \

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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