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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.
Origin of adipose
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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  • May I have the honour of conducting your adiposity to the guest-chamber?

    Sylvie and Bruno Lewis Carroll
British Dictionary definitions for adiposity


/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 adiposity



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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adiposity 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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adiposity 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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