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cerebroside Line breaks: cere¦bro|side
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛrɪbrə(ʊ)sʌɪd/

Definition of cerebroside in English:


Any of a group of complex lipids present in the sheaths of nerve fibres.
Example sentences
  • Globosides represent cerebrosides that contain additional carbohydrates, predominantly galactose, glucose or GalNAc.
  • The members of this family hydrolyze sulfate ester bonds of a variety of compounds, including mucopolysaccharides, cerebrosides, and steroids.
  • The amide linkage resides in a region of low dielectric constant, according to available structural data on ceramides and cerebrosides which further promotes the formation of strong hydrogen bonds.


Late 19th century: from Latin cerebrum 'brain' + -ose2 + -ide.

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