sphingomyelin

sphingomyelin

[sfing-goh-mahy-uh-lin]
noun Biochemistry.
any of the class of phospholipids occurring chiefly in the brain and spinal cord, composed of phosphoric acid, choline, sphingosine, and a fatty acid.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin sphingo-, combining form representing Greek sphíngein to draw tight + myelin

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sphingomyelin (ˌsfɪŋɡəʊˈmaɪəlɪn)
 
n
biochem any of a group of phospholipids, derived from sphingosine, that occur in biological membranes, being especially abundant in the brain
 
[from sphingo-, from Greek sphingein to bind + myelin]

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sphingomyelin sphin·go·my·e·lin (sfĭng'gō-mī'ə-lĭn)
n.
Any of a group of phospholipids that are found especially in nerve tissue and yield sphingosine, choline, a fatty acid, and phosphoric acid upon hydrolysis.

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