li·​pol·​y·​sis lī-ˈpä-lə-səs How to pronounce lipolysis (audio) li- How to pronounce lipolysis (audio)
: the hydrolysis of fat
lipolytic adjective

Examples of lipolysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This enzyme increases lipolysis and targets fat stored in the cells. Larry Carroll, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2022 However, excessive levels of lipolysis could lead to a rancid taste (McSweeney and Sousa 2000; Collins et al. 2003b). Ashton Yoon, Discover Magazine, 26 Sep. 2017 Raspberry ketones are natural compounds found in raspberries that can increase lipolysis and fatty acid oxidation, allowing your body to break down fat at faster rates. Dallas News, 22 Dec. 2022 Ingredients Caffeine - Promotes fat burning by increasing thermogenesis and lipolysis. Mark Anderson, Discover Magazine, 11 Oct. 2022 PrimeShred’s formula increases certain hormones and enzymes in your body to trigger lipolysis (the process of breaking down fat cells and burning them for energy). Dallas News, 7 Aug. 2022 During this process, known as lipolysis, the HGH turns the fat cell into energy. Dallas News, 28 Oct. 2022 The three primary reactions that define cheese ripening are glycolysis, proteolysis, and lipolysis. Ashton Yoon, Discover Magazine, 26 Sep. 2017 For example, ruminal microbes transform lipids through both lipolysis and biohydrogenation. Elsbeth Sites, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2014 See More

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lipolysis was circa 1903

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“Lipolysis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


li·​pol·​y·​sis li-ˈpäl-ə-səs How to pronounce lipolysis (audio) lī- How to pronounce lipolysis (audio)
plural lipolyses -ˌsēz How to pronounce lipolysis (audio)
: the hydrolysis of fat
lipolytic adjective

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