- fatty; consisting of, resembling, or relating to fat.
- animal fat stored in the fatty tissue of the body.
Origin of adipose
Examples from the Web for adipose
This was an office lined with adipose, with no work to speak of.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7
Fit as a fiddle only he has a lot of adipose tissue concealed about his person.Ulysses
There are also three beautiful red spots on the adipose fin.Fly Fishing in Wonderland
He sat, an adipose mass, breathing heavily, and sucking at his cigar.The Man in the Twilight
He works his oxen hard, gives them enough to eat to keep them in full health and vigor, but nothing for adipose.
- of, resembling, or containing fat; fatty
- animal fat
Word Origin and History for adipose
1743, from Modern Latin adiposus "fatty," from Latin adipem (nominative adeps, genitive adipis) "soft fat of animals, fat, lard," from Greek aleipha "unguent, fat," related to lipos "grease, fat" (see leave (v.)). Change of -l- to -d- "prob. due to Umbrian influence" [Klein]. But it could as well be a native Italic formation from the same roots, *ad-leip-a "sticking onto."
- Of, relating to, or composed of animal fat; fatty.
- The fat found in adipose tissue.
- Relating to or consisting of animal fat.♦ Adipose tissue is a type of connective tissue consisting of adipose cells, which are specialized to produce and store large fat globules. These globules are composed mainly of glycerol esters of oleic, palmitic, and stearic acids. Adipose tissue is the main reservoir of fat in animals.