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noun Biochemistry.
  1. any of a group of fatty compounds, as lecithin, composed of phosphoric esters, and occurring in living cells.

Origin of phospholipid

First recorded in 1925–30; phospho- + lipid
Also called phosphatide, phos·pho·lip·ide [fos-foh-lip-ahyd] /ˌfɒs foʊˈlɪp aɪd/, phos·pho·lip·in [fos-foh-lip-in] /ˌfɒs foʊˈlɪp ɪn/.
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British Dictionary definitions for phospholipid


  1. any of a group of compounds composed of fatty acids, phosphoric acid, and a nitrogenous base: important constituents of all membranesAlso called: phosphatide
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phospholipid in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. Any of various phosphorous-containing lipids that are composed mainly of fatty acids, a phosphate group, and a simple organic molecule.phosphatide
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phospholipid in Science


  1. Any of various phosphorus-containing lipids, such as lecithin, that are composed mainly of fatty acids, a phosphate group, and a simple organic molecule such as glycerol. Phospholipids are the main lipids in cell membranes.
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