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choline

Pronunciation: ko'len

Definition: agent found in most animal tissues either free or in combination as lecithin (phosphatidylcholine), acetate (acetylcholine), or cytidine diphosphate (cytidine diphosphocholine). It is included in the vitamin B complex. Several salts of choline are used in medicine.

Synonym(s): lipotropic factor, transmethylation factor

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