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Definition of "phospholipid" []

  • Any of various phosphorus-containing lipids, such as lecithin and cephalin, that are composed mainly of fatty acids, a phosphate group, and a simple organic molecule. Also called phosphatide. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "phospholipid" in a sentence
  • "We assumed that following serum addition, cell membranes undergo major changes that will be reflected in phospholipid metabolism."
  • "Attached to the EPA leg of the phospholipid is a molecule of astaxanthin, an extremely potent anti-oxidant."
  • "To identify proteins that specifically interact with PPM, we tested the interaction of cell extracts with labelled phospholipid-containing PPM or IPM in a ligand blotting assay."