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PHOSPHOLIPID

 Dictionary entry overview: What does phospholipid mean? 

PHOSPHOLIPID (noun)
  The noun PHOSPHOLIPID has 1 sense:

1. any of various compounds composed of fatty acids and phosphoric acid and a nitrogenous base; an important constituent of membranes

  Familiarity information: PHOSPHOLIPID used as a noun is very rare.


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PHOSPHOLIPID (noun)


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Meaning:

Any of various compounds composed of fatty acids and phosphoric acid and a nitrogenous base; an important constituent of membranes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("phospholipid" is a kind of...):

lipid; lipide; lipoid (an oily organic compound insoluble in water but soluble in organic solvents; essential structural component of living cells (along with proteins and carbohydrates))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "phospholipid"):

lecithin (a yellow phospholipid essential for the metabolism of fats; found in egg yolk and in many plant and animal cells; used commercially as an emulsifier)

Holonyms ("phospholipid" is a substance of...):

membrane; tissue layer (a pliable sheet of tissue that covers or lines or connects organs or cells of animals)


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