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[trahy-glis-uh-rahyd, -er-id] /traɪˈglɪs əˌraɪd, -ər ɪd/
noun, Biochemistry, Chemistry
an ester obtained from glycerol by the esterification of three hydroxyl groups with fatty acids, naturally occurring in animal and vegetable tissues: an important energy source forming much of the fat stored by the body.
Compare glyceride.
Origin of triglyceride
1855-60; tri- + glyceride Unabridged
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Examples from the web for triglycerides
  • Lipase enzymes that break down triglycerides found in grease are also likely suspects.
  • After rigorous testing, the big pharma sells fish oil to lower triglycerides.
  • Fish oil has been tested and shown effective for lowering triglycerides.
  • They're produced by bacteria tirelessly breaking down triglycerides in the sebum coating our skin.
  • Some algae produce triglycerides such as those produced by soybeans and other oil-rich crops.
  • Those who survive to adulthood typically have high cholesterol and triglycerides, risk factors for heart disease.
  • Elevated lipids--cholesterol and triglycerides--are important risk factors.
  • Fats is especially is the serum trans fat and also triglycerides.
  • The triglyceride level is a laboratory test to measure the amount of triglycerides in your blood.
  • Lipoproteins are substances made of cholesterol, triglycerides, and proteins.
British Dictionary definitions for triglycerides


any ester of glycerol and one or more carboxylic acids, in which each glycerol molecule has combined with three carboxylic acid molecules. Most natural fats and oils are triglycerides
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Word Origin and History for triglycerides



1860, malformed from tri- + glyceride. So called for the three radicals.

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triglycerides in Medicine

triglyceride tri·glyc·er·ide (trī-glĭs'ə-rīd')
See triacylglycerol.

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triglycerides in Science
Any of a class of organic compounds that are esters consisting of three fatty acids joined to glycerol. The fatty acids may be the same or may be different. Triglycerides are the chief lipids constituting fats and oils and function to store chemical energy in plants and animals.
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