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cephalin Line breaks: ceph|alin
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛf(ə)lɪn/

Definition of cephalin in English:


[mass noun] Biochemistry
Any of a group of phospholipids present in cell membranes, especially in the brain.
Example sentences
  • In this way a reaction product forms in which more than 95% of the cephalin originally present has been converted to acylcephalin.
  • The major cephalins are phosphatidylserine and phophatidylethanolamine.
  • The three assessed commercial cephalins can be used in laboratorial routine for the lupus anticoagulant research.


Late 19th century: from Greek kephalē 'brain' + -in1.

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