li·​po·​some | \ ˈlī-pə-ˌsōm How to pronounce liposome (audio) , ˈli- How to pronounce liposome (audio) \

Definition of liposome

: an artificial vesicle composed of one or more concentric phospholipid bilayers and used especially to deliver microscopic substances (such as drugs or DNA) to body cells

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Other Words from liposome

liposomal \ ˌlī-​pə-​ˈsō-​məl How to pronounce liposomal (audio) , ˌli-​ \ adjective

Examples of liposome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the three decades since, researchers have repeatedly demonstrated that liposomes can transport DNA repair enzymes into skin cells. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "DNA-Repairing Sunscreen: Legit or Not?," 2 July 2018 Soon, researchers were using liposomes to smuggle DNA repair enzymes into the skin cells of human test subjects. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "DNA-Repairing Sunscreen: Legit or Not?," 2 July 2018 This particular bubble has a gas core and is coated with liposomes, or small spherical sacs, containing a drug. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Breathtaking Bubbles, Butterfly Wings, and a Glowing Atom Take Top Prizes in Science Photo Contest," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of liposome

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of liposome was in 1968

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“Liposome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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li·​po·​some | \ ˈlip-ə-ˌsōm How to pronounce liposome (audio) , ˈlī-pə- How to pronounce liposome (audio) \

Medical Definition of liposome

1 : one of the fatty droplets in the cytoplasm of a cell
2 : an artificial vesicle that is composed of one or more concentric phospholipid bilayers and is used especially to deliver microscopic substances (as DNA or drugs) to body cells

Other Words from liposome

liposomal \ ˌlip-​ə-​ˈsō-​məl How to pronounce liposomal (audio) , ˌlī-​pə-​ How to pronounce liposomal (audio) \ adjective

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