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adipose

[ad-uh-pohs] /ˈæd əˌpoʊs/
adjective
1.
fatty; consisting of, resembling, or relating to fat.
noun
2.
animal fat stored in the fatty tissue of the body.
Origin
1735-1745
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
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adipose

/ˈædɪˌpəʊs; -ˌpəʊz/
adjective
1.
of, resembling, or containing fat; fatty
noun
2.
animal fat
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin adiposus, from Latin adeps fat
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adipose
1743, from Mod.L. adiposus "fatty," from L. adipem (nom. adeps, gen. adipis) "fat of animals," from Gk. aleipha "unguent, fat," related to lipos "grease, fat" (see leave (v.)). Change of -l- to -d- "prob. due to Umbrian influence" [Klein].
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adipose ad·i·pose (ād'ə-pōs')
adj.
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
  (ād'ə-pōs')   
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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