squalene

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noun squa·lene \ˈskwā-ˌlēn\

Definition of squalene

  1. :  an acyclic hydrocarbon C30H50 that is widely distributed in nature (as a major component of sebum and in shark-liver oils) and is a precursor of sterols (as cholesterol)

Origin and Etymology of squalene

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin squalus, a sea fish — more at whale


First Known Use: 1916


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squalene

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noun squa·lene \ˈskwā-ˌlēn\

Medical Definition of squalene

  1. :  an acyclic hydrocarbon C30H50 that is widely distributed in nature (as a major component of sebum and in shark-liver oils) and is a precursor of sterols (as cholesterol)


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