phospholipid

[ fos-foh-lip-id ]
/ ˌfɒs foʊˈlɪp ɪd /

noun Biochemistry.

any of a group of fatty compounds, as lecithin, composed of phosphoric esters, and occurring in living cells.

Nearby words

  1. phosphodiesterase,
  2. phosphoenolpyruvic acid,
  3. phosphoglyceride,
  4. phosphohexose isomerase deficiency,
  5. phospholipase,
  6. phospholipid bilayer,
  7. phosphomutase,
  8. phosphonecrosis,
  9. phosphonic acid,
  10. phosphonium

Origin of phospholipid

First recorded in 1925–30; phospho- + lipid

Also called phosphatide, phos·pho·lip·ide [fos-foh-lip-ahyd] /ˌfɒs foʊˈlɪp aɪd/, phos·pho·lip·in [fos-foh-lip-in] /ˌfɒs foʊˈlɪp ɪn/.

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British Dictionary definitions for phospholipid

phospholipid

/ (ˌfɒsfəˈlɪpɪd) /

noun

any of a group of compounds composed of fatty acids, phosphoric acid, and a nitrogenous base: important constituents of all membranesAlso called: phosphatide
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Medicine definitions for phospholipid

phospholipid

[ fŏs′fō-lĭpĭd ]

n.

Any of various phosphorous-containing lipids that are composed mainly of fatty acids, a phosphate group, and a simple organic molecule.phosphatide

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Science definitions for phospholipid

phospholipid

[ fŏs′fō-lĭpĭd ]

Any of various phosphorus-containing lipids, such as lecithin, that are composed mainly of fatty acids, a phosphate group, and a simple organic molecule such as glycerol. Phospholipids are the main lipids in cell membranes.
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