sphingosine

noun
sphin·​go·​sine | \ ˈsfiŋ-gə-ˌsēn How to pronounce sphingosine (audio) \
plural sphingosines

Definition of sphingosine

: a long-chain unsaturated amino alcohol C18H37O2N that is found especially in cell membranes and is a primary constituent of sphingolipids

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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The first known use of sphingosine was in 1881

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“Sphingosine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sphingosine. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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sphingosine

noun
sphin·​go·​sine | \ ˈsfiŋ-gə-ˌsēn How to pronounce sphingosine (audio) , -sən How to pronounce sphingosine (audio) \

Medical Definition of sphingosine

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

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