sphingomyelin

[ sfing-goh-mahy-uh-lin ]

nounBiochemistry.
  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.

Origin of sphingomyelin

1
<New Latin sphingo-, combining form representing Greek sphíngein to draw tight + myelin

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British Dictionary definitions for sphingomyelin

sphingomyelin

/ (ˌsfɪŋɡəʊˈmaɪəlɪn) /


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

Origin of sphingomyelin

1
from sphingo-, from Greek sphingein to bind + myelin

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