Definition of Phospholipid

1. Noun. Any of various compounds composed of fatty acids and phosphoric acid and a nitrogenous base; an important constituent of membranes.

Substance meronyms: Membrane, Tissue Layer
Specialized synonyms: Lecithin
Generic synonyms: Lipid, Lipide, Lipoid

Definition of Phospholipid

1. Noun. (chemistry) any lipid, such as lecithin or cephalin, consisting of a diglyceride combined with a phosphate group and a simple organic molecule such as choline or ethanolamine; they are important constituents of biological membranes ¹

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Definition of Phospholipid

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Medical Definition of Phospholipid

1. The major structural lipid of most cellular membranes (except the chloroplast which has galactolipids). Contain phosphate, usually as a diester. Examples include phosphatidyl phospholipids, plasmalogens and sphingomyelins. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Phospholipid

phospholamban phosphatase
phospholipase A1
phospholipase A2
phospholipase B
phospholipase c
phospholipase d
phospholipases a
phospholipid (current term)
phospholipid-hydroperoxide glutathione peroxidase
phospholipid bilayer
phospholipid ethers
phospholipid syndrome
phospholipid transfer protein
phosphomannose isomerase-guanosine diphospho-D-mannose pyrophosphorylase
phosphomevalonate kinase
phosphomevalonic acid
phosphomolybdic acid

Literary usage of Phospholipid

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Alcohol and the Brain (1993)
"These complexes, composed of proteins, are embedded in the phospholipid bilayer of the membrane. The binding of gamma-aminobutyric add (GABA) or ..."

2. Individual Differences in the Behavioral Etiology of Drug Abuse edited by Harold W. Gordon, Meyer D. Glantz (1997)
"If high-energy phosphate metabolites or membrane phospholipid metabolites, as dependent variables, are highly intercorrelated, then multivariate multiple ..."

3. Schizophrenia, 1993: A Special Report edited by David Shore, Samuel J. Keith (1996)
"Early studies of membrane phospholipid pathology in schizophrenia patients found increased phosphatidyl serine (PS), decreased phosphatidylcholine (PC) and ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"Correlation of surfactant, pulmonary surface area, and phospholipid ... phospholipid concentrations in milligrams per gram of fresh tissue, mean values. ..."

5. Getting Fit Your Way: A Self-paced Fitness Guide (1993)
"Recent data indicate that APLs recognize a number of phospholipid- binding plasma proteins (eg, prothrombin, 62-glycoprotein I) or protein-phospholipid ..."

6. Small Business Innovation Research: Program Solicitation (1993)
"Currently, the two major identification methods are phospholipid fatty acid ... phospholipid fatty acids are short-lived molecules found only in living ..."

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