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

First Known Use of sphingosine

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sphingosine

Greek sphingos (genitive of sphinx) + English -ine entry 2; 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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