[suh-ree-bruh-sahyd, ser-uh-]

noun Biochemistry.

any of a class of glycolipids, found in brain tissue and the medullary sheaths of nerves, that, upon hydrolysis, yield sphingosine, galactose or certain other sugars, and a fatty acid.

Origin of cerebroside

First recorded in 1880–85; cerebr- + -ose2 + -ide
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Historical Examples of cerebroside

  • However, cerebin, a cerebroside peculiar to the thinking structure of the brain, is opaque to them.

    Skylark Three

    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for cerebroside



biochem any glycolipid in which N -acyl sphingosine is combined with glucose or galactose: occurs in the myelin sheaths of nerves
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cerebroside in Medicine


[sĕrə-brə-sīd′, sə-rē-]


Any of various lipid compounds containing glucose or galactose and glucose, and found in the brain and other nerve tissue, especially the myelin sheath.galactolipid galactolipin
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