sphingosine

noun sphin·go·sine \ ˈsfiŋ-gə-ˌsēn \

Definition of sphingosine

: 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


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sphingosine

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

medical Definition of sphingosine

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

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