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sphingomyelin

[sfing-goh-mahy-uh-lin]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for sphingomyelin

sphingomyelin

noun
  1. biochem any of a group of phospholipids, derived from sphingosine, that occur in biological membranes, being especially abundant in the brain
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Word Origin

from sphingo-, from Greek sphingein to bind + myelin
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sphingomyelin in Medicine

sphingomyelin

(sfĭng′gō-mīə-lĭn)
n.
  1. 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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