lecithin definition

  • noun:
    • some of a small grouping of phospholipids found in egg yolks plus the plasma membrane layer of plant and pet cells, made use of as an emulsifier in a wide range of commercial items, including meals, cosmetic makeup products, shows, and plastics. Also known as phosphatidylcholine.
    • the key phospholipid in animals; its especially abundant in egg yolks, and it is removed commercially from soy. It is a major constituent of cellular membranes, and is widely used as a food additive (as an emulsifier).
    • A complex, nitrogenous phosphorized substance extensively distributed through pet human anatomy, and especially conspicuous into the mind and neurological muscle, in yolk of eggs, plus the white blood corpuscles.
    • A nitrogenous fatty compound, to which the formula C44H90NPO9 has been provided, which is found in small quantity within the bloodstream, bile, also liquids of this body, but most abundantly in mind- and nervetissues, in pus, and in the yolk of eggs.
    • a yellow phospholipid needed for the metabolism of fats; present in egg yolk plus numerous plant and pet cells; utilized commercially as an emulsifier

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