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[fos-foh-lip-id] /ˌfɒs foʊˈlɪp ɪd/
noun, Biochemistry
any of a group of fatty compounds, as lecithin, composed of phosphoric esters, and occurring in living cells.
Also called phosphatide, phospholipide
[fos-foh-lip-ahyd] /ˌfɒs foʊˈlɪp aɪd/ (Show IPA),
[fos-foh-lip-in] /ˌfɒs foʊˈlɪp ɪn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of phospholipid
1925-30; phospho- + lipid Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for phospholipid


any of a group of compounds composed of fatty acids, phosphoric acid, and a nitrogenous base: important constituents of all membranes Also called phosphatide
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phospholipid in Medicine

phospholipid phos·pho·lip·id (fŏs'fō-lĭp'ĭd)
Any of various phosphorous-containing lipids that are composed mainly of fatty acids, a phosphate group, and a simple organic molecule. Also called phosphatide.

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phospholipid in Science
Any of various phosphorus-containing lipids, such as lecithin, that are composed mainly of fatty acids, a phosphate group, and a simple organic molecule such as glycerol. Phospholipids are the main lipids in cell membranes.
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