Definition of sphingolipid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsfiNGɡōˈlipid/


Any of a class of compounds that 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.

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Syllabification: sphin·go·lip·id

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