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