li·​po·​pro·​tein ˌlī-pō-ˈprō-ˌtēn How to pronounce lipoprotein (audio) ˌli- How to pronounce lipoprotein (audio)
: a conjugated protein that is a complex of protein and lipid compare HDL, LDL, VLDL

Examples of lipoprotein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a result, some insurance plans do not cover lipoprotein (a) testing. ABC News, 1 Feb. 2024 Scientists are still learning more about lipoprotein (a). ABC News, 1 Feb. 2024 Cholesterol attaches to proteins, called lipoproteins, to move through your bloodstream. Erica Sweeney, Men's Health, 27 July 2023 His high density lipoprotein level was 46 and his low density lipoprotein level was 58. Lawrence K. Altman, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2023 Clinical trials have consistently found that eating avocados can lower your LDL cholesterol, with a beneficial effect on lipid and lipoprotein profiles. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 14 June 2023 For example, the lipoprotein (a) gene has a complex structure that has not been sequenced in humans. Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, Popular Science, 10 May 2023 Although fat can contribute to greater calorie intake, the type of fat in peanut butter is monounsaturated, which has been shown to decrease low density lipoprotein (LDL), potentially lowering the risk of atherosclerosis. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 7 Dec. 2022 Low density lipoprotein, or LDL, contributes to fatty buildups in the arteries, raising the risk of heart attack and stroke. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lipoprotein was in 1909

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“Lipoprotein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


li·​po·​pro·​tein -ˈprō-ˌtēn How to pronounce lipoprotein (audio) -ˈprōt-ē-ən How to pronounce lipoprotein (audio)
: any of a large class of conjugated proteins composed of a complex of protein and lipid see hdl, ldl, vldl

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