Definition of cholesterol in English:

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cholesterol

Pronunciation: /kəˈlestəˌrôl/
Pronunciation: /kəˈlestəˌrōl/

noun

A compound of the sterol type found in most body tissues. Cholesterol and its derivatives are important constituents of cell membranes and precursors of other steroid compounds, but a high proportion in the blood of low-density lipoprotein (which transports cholesterol to the tissues) is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Chemical formula: C27H45OH.
Example sentences
  • Nephrotic syndrome also features abnormally high levels of blood cholesterol.
  • They contain a soluble fiber that mops up the precursors of cholesterol in the body.
  • I didn't know what good cholesterol was and bad cholesterol and what the numbers were supposed to be.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek kholē 'bile' + stereos 'stiff' + -ol.

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Syllabification: cho·les·ter·ol

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