sphingosine

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noun sphin·go·sine \ˈsfiŋ-gə-ˌsēn\

Definition of sphingosine

  1. :  a long-chain unsaturated amino alcohol C18H37O2N found especially in nervous tissue and cell membranes

Origin and Etymology of sphingosine

Greek sphingos (genitive of sphinx) + English 2-ine; from riddles it posed to its first investigators


First Known Use: 1881


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sphingosine

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noun sphin·go·sine \ˈsfiŋ-gə-ˌsēn, -sən\

Medical Definition of sphingosine

  1. :  an unsaturated amino diol C18H37NO2 obtained by hydrolysis of various sphingomyelins, cerebrosides, and gangliosides


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