[ sfing-goh-mahy-uh-lin ]
/ ˌsfɪŋ goʊˈmaɪ ə lɪn /
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any of the class of phospholipids occurring chiefly in the brain and spinal cord, composed of phosphoric acid, choline, sphingosine, and a fatty acid.
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Origin of sphingomyelin
<New Latin sphingo-, combining form representing Greek sphíngein to draw tight + myelin
Words nearby sphingomyelin
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British Dictionary definitions for sphingomyelin
/ (ˌsfɪŋɡəʊˈmaɪəlɪn) /
biochem any of a group of phospholipids, derived from sphingosine, that occur in biological membranes, being especially abundant in the brain
Word Origin for sphingomyelin
from sphingo-, from Greek sphingein to bind + myelin
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Medical definitions for sphingomyelin
[ sfĭng′gō-mī′ə-lĭn ]
Any of a group of phospholipids that are found especially in nerve tissue and yield sphingosine, choline, a fatty acid, and phosphoric acid upon hydrolysis.
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