squalene

squalene

[skwey-leen]
noun Biochemistry.
an oil, C 3 0 H 5 0 , intermediate in the synthesis of cholesterol, obtained for use in manufacturing pharmaceuticals.

Origin:
1925–30; < Neo-Latin Squal(us) name of a genus of sharks (the liver of which yields the oil), Latin: a kind of fish + -ene

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squalene (ˈskweɪˌliːn)
 
n
biochem a terpene first found in the liver of sharks but also present in the livers of most higher animals: an important precursor of cholesterol
 
[C20: from New Latin squalus genus name of the shark]

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squalene   (skwā'lēn')  Pronunciation Key 
A colorless, unsaturated hydrocarbon found especially in the liver oil of sharks and in human sebum. It is an intermediate compound in the body's synthesis of cholesterol. Chemical formula: C30H50.
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