high-density lipoprotein

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high-density lipoprotein n.
Abbr. HDL
A complex of lipids and proteins that functions as a transporter of cholesterol in the blood and which, in high concentrations, is associated with a decreased risk of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Also called alpha-lipoprotein.

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