squalene

[ skwey-leen ]

nounBiochemistry.
  1. an oil, C30H50, intermediate in the synthesis of cholesterol, obtained for use in manufacturing pharmaceuticals.

Origin of squalene

1
1925–30; <New Latin Squal(us) name of a genus of sharks (the liver of which yields the oil), Latin: a kind of fish + -ene

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British Dictionary definitions for squalene

squalene

/ (ˈskweɪˌliːn) /


noun
  1. biochem a terpene first found in the liver of sharks but also present in the livers of most higher animals: an important precursor of cholesterol

Origin of squalene

1
C20: from New Latin squalus genus name of the shark

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Scientific definitions for squalene

squalene

[ skwālēn′ ]


  1. A colorless, unsaturated hydrocarbon found especially in the liver oil of sharks and in human sebum. It is an intermediate compound in the body's synthesis of cholesterol. Chemical formula: C30H50.

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