noun[mass noun] Biochemistry
Any of a group of phospholipids present in cell membranes, especially in the brain.
- In this way a reaction product forms in which more than 95% of the cephalin originally present has been converted to acylcephalin.
- The major cephalins are phosphatidylserine and phophatidylethanolamine.
- The three assessed commercial cephalins can be used in laboratorial routine for the lupus anticoagulant research.
Late 19th century: from Greek kephalē 'brain' + -in1.
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