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fat body

Syllabification: fat bod·y

Definition of fat body in English:

noun

Zoology
Each of a number of small white structures in the body of an animal, especially an insect, that act as a store of fats and glycogen.
Example sentences
  • This may result from the dynamic equilibrium maintained between trehalase and glycogen in the insect fat body.
  • Insects, in general, have the metabolic capacity to convert dietary carbohydrates to lipids and to store lipids within the fat body.
  • Butterflies store fat in extensive abdominal fat bodies similarly to odonates and are known to use lipids as a fuel for extended flight.

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