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See also: Phospholipid
phospholipid (plural phospholipids)
- (organic chemistry) Any lipid, such as lecithin or cephalin, consisting of a diglyceride combined with a phosphate group and a simple organic molecule such as choline or ethanolamine; they are important constituents of biological membranes.
- 1926, HC Eckstein, “The cholesterol and phospholipid content of the cutaneous epithelium of man”, in Journal of Biological Chemistry:
- An index of the amount of phospholipids present was secured from the total phosphorus content of a third aliquot, the method employed being the colorimetric procedure devised by Whitehorn.
- Synonym: phosphatide
lipid consisting of a diglyceride combined with a phosphate group