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[ad-uh-pohs] /ˈæd əˌpoʊs/
fatty; consisting of, resembling, or relating to fat.
animal fat stored in the fatty tissue of the body.
1735-45; < Latin adip-, s of adeps fat, lard + -ose1
Related forms
adiposeness, adiposity
[ad-uh-pos-i-tee] /ˌæd əˈpɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
adiposis, noun
hyperadipose, adjective
hyperadiposity, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for adipose
  • First, they suppressed production by the mice's bodies of a substance called fasting-induced adipose factor.
  • The epicardial surface is smooth with a generous investment of adipose tissue.
  • Fat is the white or yellowish oily solid substance forming the chief part of the adipose tissue.
  • adipose tissue, familiarly known as fat, is the organ specialized for that task.
  • adipose tissue responds to high insulin levels and diverts calories into fat.
  • adipose layers must be substantially thicker and heavier than fur layers to achieve the same insulation value.
  • So suggests research into a little-known type of adipose tissue called brown fat.
British Dictionary definitions for adipose


/ˈædɪˌpəʊs; -ˌpəʊz/
of, resembling, or containing fat; fatty
animal fat
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin adiposus, from Latin adeps fat
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Word Origin and History for adipose

1743, from Modern Latin adiposus "fatty," from Latin adipem (nominative adeps, genitive adipis) "soft fat of animals, fat, lard," from Greek aleipha "unguent, fat," related to lipos "grease, fat" (see leave (v.)). Change of -l- to -d- "prob. due to Umbrian influence" [Klein]. But it could as well be a native Italic formation from the same roots, *ad-leip-a "sticking onto."

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adipose in Medicine

adipose ad·i·pose (ād'ə-pōs')
Of, relating to, or composed of animal fat; fatty. n.
The fat found in adipose tissue.

ad'i·pose'ness or ad'i·pos'i·ty (-pŏs'ĭ-tē) n.
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adipose in Science
Relating to or consisting of animal fat. ◇ Adipose tissue is a type of connective tissue consisting of adipose cells, which are specialized to produce and store large fat globules. These globules are composed mainly of glycerol esters of oleic, palmitic, and stearic acids. Adipose tissue is the main reservoir of fat in animals.
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