[ sfing-guh-seen, -sin ]
/ ˈsfɪŋ gəˌsin, -sɪn /
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a basic unsaturated amino alcohol, C18H33(OH)2NH2, produced by the hydrolysis of sphingomyelin or gangliosides.
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British Dictionary definitions for sphingosine
/ (ˈsfɪŋɡəsɪn, -ˌsiːn) /
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
Word Origin for sphingosine
from sphingos-, from Greek sphingein to hold fast + -ine ²
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Medical definitions for sphingosine
[ sfĭng′gə-sēn′ ]
A basic, long-chain, unsaturated amino alcohol, found combined with lipids in the brain and in nerve tissue.
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