- a basic unsaturated amino alcohol, C18H33(OH)2NH2, produced by the hydrolysis of sphingomyelin or gangliosides.
Origin of sphingosine
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- biochem a long-chain compound occurring in sphingomyelins and cerebrosides, and from which it can be released by hydrolysis. Formula: CH 3 (CH 2) 12 CH:CHCH(OH)CH(NH 2)CH 2 OH
from sphingos-, from Greek sphingein to hold fast + -ine ²
- A basic, long-chain, unsaturated amino alcohol, found combined with lipids in the brain and in nerve tissue.