sphingosine

[ sfing-guh-seen, -sin ]

nounBiochemistry.
  1. a basic unsaturated amino alcohol, C18H33(OH)2NH2, produced by the hydrolysis of sphingomyelin or gangliosides.

Origin of sphingosine

1
1881; earlier sphingosin, equivalent to sphingo-, combining form representing Greek sphínxsphinx + intrusive -s- + -in2; so called in allusion to the enigmas it posed for its discoverer

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British Dictionary definitions for sphingosine

sphingosine

/ (ˈsfɪŋɡəsɪn, -ˌsiːn) /


noun
  1. 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

Origin of sphingosine

1
from sphingos-, from Greek sphingein to hold fast + -ine ²

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