fatty; consisting of, resembling, or relating to fat.


animal fat stored in the fatty tissue of the body.

Origin of adipose

1735–45; < Latin adip-, s of adeps fat, lard + -ose1
Related formsad·i·pose·ness, ad·i·pos·i·ty [ad-uh-pos-i-tee] /ˌæd əˈpɒs ɪ ti/, ad·i·po·sis, nounhy·per·ad·i·pose, adjectivehy·per·ad·i·pos·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for adipose

greasy, oily, oleaginous, unctuous

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British Dictionary definitions for adipose



of, resembling, or containing fat; fatty


animal fat

Word Origin for adipose

C18: from New Latin adiposus, from Latin adeps fat
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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."

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adipose in Medicine




Of, relating to, or composed of animal fat; fatty.


The fat found in adipose tissue.
Related formsadi•pose′ness null n.
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adipose in Science



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.
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