lipids

[ (lip-idz, leye-pidz) ]

A group of organic molecules (see also organic molecule) that includes fats, oils, and waxes. Lipids do not dissolve in water. In animals, including humans, lipids store energy and form parts of cell structures, such as cell membranes.

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