low-density lipoprotein


low-den·​si·​ty lipoprotein ˈlō-ˈden(t)-sə-tē- How to pronounce low-density lipoprotein (audio)
: ldl

Examples of low-density lipoprotein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This measures total cholesterol; low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol; high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, cholesterol; and triglycerides, another type of fat that hardens the arteries and mainly comes from food. Knvul Sheikh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2024 Doctors began using niacin to treat patients with high cardiovascular risk and to lower low-density lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol, but more recent studies found the vitamin offered disappointing results. Arianna Johnson, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Vegan eaters’ low-density lipoprotein — bad cholesterol — dropped on average by 15.2 milligrams over eight weeks; omnivore dieters’ fell by 2.4. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023 The first is low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, which is considered bad cholesterol and can cause fatty buildup of plaque in your arteries. Erica Sweeney, Men's Health, 27 July 2023 In fact, one review found that tree nut intake (including pecans) was associated with lower total cholesterol (including the bad kind, low-density lipoprotein or LDL) and triglyceride levels. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 June 2023 Blood lipids include total cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins (LDL), high-density lipoproteins (HLD), and triglycerides. Rebecca Jaspan, Mph, Rd, Cdn, Cdces, Health, 31 May 2023 The researchers found that people on the LCHF diet had higher levels of low-density lipoprotein, also known as LDL, cholesterol and apolipoprotein B. Apolipoprotein B is a protein that coats LDL cholesterol proteins and can predict heart disease better than elevated levels of LDL cholesterol can. Carma Hassan, CNN, 5 Mar. 2023 The Nanjing University group showed that microRNAs produced by rice plants turn up in the blood of people and mice that eat rice, and that in our bodies these microRNAs lower the production of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), a molecule that scavenges cholesterol. John Rennie, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of low-density lipoprotein was in 1951

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“Low-density lipoprotein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low-density%20lipoprotein. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

low-density lipoprotein

low-den·​si·​ty lipoprotein ˈlō-ˈden(t)-sət-ē- How to pronounce low-density lipoprotein (audio)
: ldl

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