phospholipid definition

  • noun:
    • Any of various phosphorus-containing lipids, including lecithin and cephalin, which can be composed primarily of essential fatty acids, a phosphate group, and a simple natural molecule. Also known as phosphatide.
    • any lipid, such as lecithin or cephalin, comprising a diglyceride combined with a phosphate team and a straightforward natural molecule like choline or ethanolamine; they've been essential constituents of biological membranes
    • some of various substances consists of fatty acids and phosphoric acid and a nitrogenous base; a significant constituent of membranes

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