Share this entry

Share this page

sphingolipid

Line breaks: sphingo|lipid
Pronunciation: /ˌsfɪŋɡə(ʊ)ˈlɪpɪd
 
/

Definition of sphingolipid in English:

noun

Biochemistry
Any of a class of compounds which are fatty acid derivatives of sphingosine and occur chiefly in the cell membranes of the brain and nervous tissue.
Example sentences
  • Sphingomyelins are the only sphingolipid that are phospholipids.
  • Previous studies of this phenomenon have focused mainly on systems combining cholesterol with PC and sphingolipids.
  • In biological membranes, sphingolipids are essentially localized on the outer leaflet of the plasma membrane.

Definition of sphingolipid in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈʃprɑːxɡəˌfuːl
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…