Definition of ganglioside in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡaNGɡlēəˌsīd/


Any of a group of complex lipids that are present in the gray matter of the human brain.
Example sentences
  • We have also clarified the binding specificity of gangliosides with proteins depending on the combination of oligosaccharide chain and protein surface modification.
  • This may be explained by the difference in interaction of the tip with the polar zwitterionic PC headgroups and the anionic oligosaccharide headgroups of the ganglioside.
  • The most complex of these are the gangliosides, which contain one or more sialic acid residues and thus have a net negative change under physiological conditions.


1940s: from ganglion + -oside (see -ose2, -ide).

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Syllabification: gan·gli·o·side

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