- any of a group of fatty compounds, as lecithin, composed of phosphoric esters, and occurring in living cells.
Origin of phospholipid
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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- any of a group of compounds composed of fatty acids, phosphoric acid, and a nitrogenous base: important constituents of all membranesAlso called: phosphatide
- 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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- 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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