Definition of lipophilic in English:

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lipophilic

Pronunciation: /ˌlipəˈfilik/ Pronunciation: /ˌlī-/

adjective

Biochemistry
Tending to combine with or dissolve in lipids or fats.
Example sentences
  • Cholesterol, which is far more lipophilic than the hormones, associates tightly with the bilayer and does not cross it at all.
  • If we turn now to the liposomal membrane, a gradient of solvent polarity is expected within the bilayer, increasing as one goes from deep within the lipophilic bilayer out toward the aqueous phase.
  • Due to its lipophilic nature, vitamin E accumulates in cellular membranes, fat deposits and other circulating lipoproteins.

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Syllabification: lip·o·phil·ic

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