[ gang-glee-uh-sahyd ]
/ ˈgæŋ gli əˌsaɪd /

noun Biochemistry.

any of a class of glycolipids, found chiefly in nerve ganglia, that upon hydrolysis yield sphingosine, neuraminic acid, a fatty acid, and a monosaccharide.

Origin of ganglioside

First recorded in 1940–45; gangli(on) + -ose2 + -ide Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for ganglioside


[ găngglē-ə-sīd′ ]


Any of a group of glycosphingolipids chemically similar to the cerebrosides, found principally in the surface membrane of nerve cells and in the spleen.
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