phospholipid

phospholipid

[fos-foh-lip-id]
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] , phospholipin [fos-foh-lip-in] .


Origin:
1925–30; phospho- + lipid

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phospholipid (ˌfɒsfəˈlɪpɪd)
 
n
Also called: phosphatide any of a group of compounds composed of fatty acids, phosphoric acid, and a nitrogenous base: important constituents of all membranes

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phospholipid phos·pho·lip·id (fŏs'fō-lĭp'ĭd)
n.
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   (fŏs'fō-lĭp'ĭd)  Pronunciation Key 
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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