Definition of fat body in English:

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noun

Zoology
  • Each of a number of small white structures in the body of an animal, especially an insect, which act as a store of fats and glycogen.
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    • 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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