noun Biochemistry.
  1. any of several phosphatides occurring in animal tissue, especially of the brain, and having marked blood-clotting properties.

Origin of cephalin

First recorded in 1895–1900; cephal- + -in2
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kephalin (ˈkɛfəlɪn)

  1. a phospholipid, similar to lecithin, that occurs in the nerve tissue and brainSystematic name: phosphatidylethanolamine
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cephalin in Medicine


  1. Any of a group of phospholipids having hemostatic properties and found especially in the nervous tissue of the brain and spinal cord.
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