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lipid

Pronunciation: lip'id

Definition: “Fat-soluble,” an operational term describing a solubility characteristic, not a chemical substance, denoting substances extracted from animal or vegetable cells by nonpolar solvents; included in the heterogeneous collection of materials thus extractable are fatty acids, glycerides and glyceryl ethers, phospholipids, sphingolipids, long-chain alcohols and waxes, terpenes, steroids, and “fat-soluble” vitamins such as A, D, and E.

[G. lipos, fat]

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